The SGMC Celebrates 30 Years of Singing Our Own Song
In 1984 when the Sacramento Men’s Chorus first began, who knew they would begin a journey, that many are still going on that would last 31 years and beyond. Gay Choruses have been a part of LGBT culture for decades. It has provided men and women with an artistic outlet and has continued to do so. It wasn’t until 2005 we added the word “Gay” to our chorus name. Many younger people don’t realize that when the chorus started it was a different time. A lot of anti LGBT intolerance and being gay wasn’t as socially acceptable as it is now.
The 2014/2015 season marked our 30th Anniversary with a fantastic concert at the historic Memorial Auditorium. It has gone from a “cute little group of men singing” to a pivotal member of the Sacramento Music scene, s well as a voice for the gay and lesbian community in the greater Sacramento area. With that voice, SGMC has confronted intolerance and bigotry by providing a positive experience of the gay community.
The SGMC has performed at many venues, big and small, new and old: from the Memorial Auditorium, to The Crest (a former Vaudeville House) to the Harris Center in Folsom. At locations all over the city and the surrounding areas. Last spring we were invited to sing for the Sacramento Kings and have been invited back again this fall. That was a fun and wonderful experience for everyone.
Over the years, the SGMC has had many members, served as a creative outlet for many who do not fit into the mainstream of gay culture, it has reached out to gay men of all ages, races, gender identities and ethnic groups. Over the years, it has helped gay men and women find a place to belong, a place where they fit in by building a sense of community and we’re not exaggerating when we say it has saved lives. By being there and providing emotional support each other. Many of our members find their voices as gay men by singing. Many find it a source of self esteem and confidence. Many find it a good way to reduce anxiety and depression. All in all we help each other. We are one family and we hope to have more years as a family.