• I Rise Community Partners and GMCLA staff

    First meeting – January 10, 2017

Creating the I Rise Concert – the Community gets involved

GMCLA has developed partnerships with over 25 organizations representing a variety of “Welcoming” religious / faith communities including Christian, Jewish, Mormon, Buddhist, Muslim, and non-religious organizations. In the weeks leading up to the July 8 performance, these faith communities will sponsor services, events, discussions, panels, and guest speakers creating a community-wide discussion on the topic of faith and the LGTBQ community.

Singers from each of these communities will join GMCLA on the Walt Disney Concert Hall Stage as part of the concert experience.

Our message is this: regardless of one’s religious affiliation, belief, or non-belief we are all created equally and deserve love, compassion, and care. No individual or group has a monopoly on grace or divine acceptance.  GMCLA continues to do work that is based on our mission, that reaches beyond the concert hall to tackle difficult issues to empower and heal our community.

Our Partners and Participants

  • First Congregational Church of LA
  • Congregation Kol Ami
  • Hebrew Union College
  • JQ International
  • All Saints Church Pasadena
  • Founders Metropolitan Community Church
  • Hollywood United Methodist Church
  • Muslims for Progressive Values (LA)
  • Soka Gakkai International-USA, Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture and Education
  • Selah Gospel Choir
  • Beth Chayim Chadashim
  • Immanuel Presbyterian Church
  • VOX Femina LA
  • Altadena Community Church
  • West Hollywood United Church of Christ
  • GLEAM LA (Episcopal Archdiocese of LA)
  • Comunidad Chorus-St Matthew Church-Long Beach
  • Manhattan Beach Community Church (affiliated with United Church of Christ
  • First Congregational Church, Glendale, Rev. Rudolph van Graan
  • West LA United Methodist Church
  • Dignity San Fernando Valley
  • Trans Chorus of Los Angeles
  • Shower of Stoles Project