Jacob Woods

Jacob Woods
Jacob is gay. He eats, breaths, and sleeps lgbt issues. Currently he is a rural psychology student working to educate the simpletons. Enjoy his blog and his other creative meanderings!

Sunday, March 20

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus

I was considering abandoning the Gay Straight Alliance and going down to the cities to see my boyfriend. I was expected to go to the Twin City Gay Men's Chorus as there were ten tickets purchased and  four people attending. When organizing the event, eight people said they wanted to go. I was very aggravated that only a few of us were going. I figured ditching would be awesome!

After being chewed out by my friend, I changed my mind. I think this decision changed my life. Which seems strange but just keep reading. The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus was excellent. They sold out and our group had difficulty finding seats as we arrived a little late. The sell out was very shocking to me because Bemidji is a very morally conservative city in Northern Minnesota where lgbt stigma runs ramped. I was also excited to see a local media outlet covering the event. This coverage and attendance is surely to have a significant impact in diminishing stereotypes. After the performance I was curious to learn more about the Gay Men's Chorus.

In my research of the group I found out that they have balls! Well, you know what I mean. They headed to the southern end of the United States on tour going to Tennessee to perform and interact with the communities there. What a brave group of men. I would be frightened. Luckily the most trouble they had was two weakling little protesters with signs about God. Lame! What losers. Here is coverage of the tour in the south!

The group received multiple ovations from a well accepting and energetic audience. It was great to see the audience tapping their feet feet while enjoying the spicy salsa style the group is known to bringing to their performances.

More so, there was a very surprising and special guest in the audience. The director noted the attendance of the Uncle of Matthew Shepard who has been a great supporter of the group! That was really significant to me to be a part of that piece of history. It was moving to have that connection in presence.

The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus performance in Bemidji created in me an atmosphere that will continue my personal commitments to educating and organizing as the president of ICC's GSA. I am forever grateful I went!

For more information check out their website at http://www.tcgmc.org


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