Turtle Creek Chorale presents Gay Chorus Deep South
The Turtle Creek Chorale and Cathedral of Hope will present the regional premiere of the award-winning documentary, Gay Chorus Deep South. This emotionally-stunning film chronicles the southern U.S. tour of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, under the leadership of Artistic Director Timothy Seelig (formerly of TCC) and Executive Director Chris Verdugo. Seelig will be in attendance and speak at the screening.
The groundbreaking documentary followed the 300 members of SFGMC, along with special guests from the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, as they embarked on an unprecedented bus tour through the Deep South, celebrating music, challenging intolerance, and confronting their own dark coming out stories to confront a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ laws. The film has won numerous awards, including the Tribeca Film Festival Audience Choice Award.
The tour received its name from the actions of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay candidate elected to major office in the U.S., who has often been referred to as the patron saint of SFGMC. In 1977, a year before his death, Harvey sponsored a landmark gay civil rights bill. Mayor George Moscone signed that bill into law with a lavender pen given to him by Harvey and it remains a symbol of the fight for equality for all and the reason for the tour’s name.