TRIBUTE TO THE GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES
Hon. Adam B. Schiff of California in the House of Representatives
Thursday, June 20, 2019
GMCLA was honored in the California House of Representatives with Hon. Adam B. Schiff’s proclamation, as follows:
“Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles upon its 40th Anniversary. In July of 1979, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) was formed when 99 men stepped up at the Plummer Park Community Center in West Hollywood, having seen posters announcing the formation and first rehearsal of a new Gay chorus. Three months later, the chorus performed at the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, thus marking the beginning of their important legacy.
Throughout their 40 year history, GMCLA members have used their camaraderie and shared experiences to challenge stereotypes and enrich the community. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, the GMCLA family lost 150 members, but even that horrific tragedy did not stop their work and their commitment to celebrate and serve the LGBTQ community. GMCLA has since become an essential part of the fabric of Los Angeles, with members dedicating their time to advocating for equality through song and community service.
GMCLA has stayed true to its core message of equality by transforming and nurturing the Los Angeles and LGBTQ communities through its initiatives, such as the Alive Music Project. The multi-faceted project, which has reached over 65,000 middle and high school students, promotes acceptance and anti-bullying, and provides opportunities for music education programs in Los Angeles schools. Additionally, GMCLA is a proud member of The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network which offers music education to juvenile detention center students. Through these initiatives, GMCLA reaches countless youth.
Today, GMCLA boasts over 300 members and has performed in iconic venues around the world, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Carnegie Hall in New York. With each new venue, they sing for a world that promotes acceptance and is free from discrimination. Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will honor its 40th anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in August, when they will be joined by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus for a historic concert and gala to benefit their music education programs.
I am proud to recognize the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles for four decades of musical entertainment and outstanding service to the LGBTQ and Los Angeles communities. I ask all members to join me in congratulating the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles for its remarkable achievements.”