Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Independence Day!


This is my annual repost to wish y'all a Happy Fourth of July. To those that don't see gay men as part of the rich fabric of American society, fuck off.



Talk about a pride inspiring piece! The last soaring note gives me goose bumps every time. Makes me want to move to San Diego and join the chorus!

In this clip, the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus performed the national anthem at a San Diego Padres game last summer. It was Gay Pride night and the protesters were out in front of the stadium trying to turn away baseball fans.

It's interesting that the folks who criticize the outrageousness of gay pride parades (but don't do the same regarding straight Mardi Gras parades) are the same ones that protested that the chorus was so normal and attractive that children could be recruited. Outrageous. Normal. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Ultimately, they want us back in the closet. But, to trot out an old slogan I've chanted more than once in my lifetime, "We're here. We're queer. Get used to it!"

10 comments:

Breenlantern said...

I got chills watching this. Gay men singing the national anthem at a sporting event....tell me the world's not changing.

Thanks for posting this. Happy 4th!

Gooster said...

It is Gay Day at Petco this coming Friday again! It was a big moment for those of us in SD last year! I hope more mainstream events follow the lead!

Mark H said...

AND...those listening to the wing nuts don't understand that once the gays have been isolated in some desert behind a fence....that it would NOT be over as they thought. The James Dobsons would NOT leave them alone at that point, they would THEN begin their second push..toward universal religious law of theirs ruling everything down to waving the same nazi salute dressed in white..... ONLY Christianity will be allowed, and only THEIR Christianity. We are TOO close NOW to fascism with our complacent families giving them a pass. Oh yes, great Anthem piece, Thanks, Gavin, I hadn't heard about this.

more cowbell said...

That was beautiful.

michael sean morris said...

"To those that don't see gay men as part of the rich fabric of American society, fuck off."

I may have this tattooed on my ass!

Happy Fourth of July to you...

ArichNY said...

Wayne sang the national anthem at a Tampa Bay Rays game with Una Voce (gay men's chorale) a couple of years ago. We're everywhere!

mary said...

GOOSEBUMPS!

Man that was awesome.

Happy 4th Gavin!

cb said...

Too bad the video chops the last bit off. DAMN it!

BuckyB12 said...

Well, of course gay people are part of the crowd - always have been, always will be.

Heck, the woman who wrote America the beautiful was a lesbian.

http://www.gayheroes.com/bates.shtml

Lacey said...

"fuck off"???. Nice talk. You kiss your mom with that mouth?

(just kidding) thanks for posting this again. I remember this from last year, I think.