The choir will perform at the historic Stonewall Inn on Friday, then in Times Square on Sunday during the Pride parade.
For more than four decades, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus has been a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community.
“Over time, we’ve gone from performing in parks to performing on some of the biggest stages in the world,” said executive director John Carrion.
They debuted in 1980 at Cooper Union. Not only was it a hit, but it was the start of “something bigger,” Carrion said.
“It just became a place where gay people could … at the time, meet exclusively, find fellowship, make music and give voice to the LGBT community of the time,” Carrion said.
Over the years, the non-profit organization has greatly expanded its scope and reach.
“We’ve had cisgender women, trans people, bisexual people — anywhere on the LGBTQ spectrum or not and allies as well,” Carrion said.
Due to the pandemic, the choir went on hiatus, but reunited in January. In May, the choir had its first live performance.
“It’s amazing, watching not only the performers but also the audience, you forget that people are hungry on both sides of the stage,” Carrion said.
This year there are about 200 people in the choir. They’ve added 70 new members and in late August will hold auditions in hopes of adding several dozen more.
The NYC Pride March special, co-hosted by Angelica Ross with WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion, will return for its sixth consecutive year on ABC 7 from 12:00-3:00 PM ET on Sunday, June 26 also on abc7NY.com , ABC News Live and ABC7 New York connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming platforms.
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