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!"