Help the Lavender Pen Tour become a reality!
From October 7-15, 2017, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
(SFGMC) will visit North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama — states that have sought to legalize bigotry and intolerance with anti-LGBTQ+ legislation — for the Lavender Pen Tour.
The Chorus will visit seven major cities and numerous small towns across six different states. SFGMC will be joined on tour by the internationally acclaimed Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir — a group that inspires joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music.
In these states, SFGMC will join with local non-profits and activist groups to help raise much-needed funds so they can continue doing their vital work to dismantle these biased and discriminatory laws. SFGMC believes all people should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of their state and should have the opportunity to earn a living, access housing, and participate fully in society.
It is the Chorus' intention to have the tour fully underwritten so that all monies raised while in the South stay in their respective communities.
The Lavender Pen Tour will be a milestone and a major undertaking for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. We welcome your support. Help SFGMC raise its voice for those in need!
Why is it called the "Lavender Pen Tour?"
Harvey Milk, the first openly gay candidate elected to major office in the U.S., has often been referred to as the patron saint of SFGMC. The Chorus’ first public performance was at the candlelight vigil held on the night of Milk's assassination. It was as if the baton of activism had been passed on. 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. The Lavender Pen remains a symbol of the fight for equality for all and the reason the tour has been given that name.