For more than forty years, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) has served as an international standard bearer for a powerful mix of musical excellence and mission-driven activism.
Founded in October 1978, SFGMC made its first public appearance only a month later, on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall at the candlelight vigil following the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. In 1981, SFGMC embarked on a national tour, performing in Dallas, Minneapolis, Lincoln, Detroit, New York City, Boston, Washington DC, and Seattle, while helping many of these cities launch their own LGBT choruses. It was the first choral organization to courageously proclaim its orientation in its name and is credited with helping start the LGBT choral movement that now spans the entire globe, galvanizing and changing the course of LGBT history.
SFGMC now comprises more than 275 singers in the large chorus and four outreach vocal ensembles. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Timothy Seelig, the chorus has established a heightened level of performance standards receiving international acclaim; increased its touring and recording profile; and broadened its impact and reputation in the community while maintaining its signature blend of humor, personality, and high-voltage performances. SFGMC has commissioned works from major composers from Stephen Schwartz to John Corigliano.
SFGMC continues to inspire through its performances and involvement in human rights, community activism, and empowerment and inclusiveness, establishing it as an icon among LGBT organizations.