LA Gay Men’s Chorus Posts Video Contrasting 1999 Moscow Performance with Today’s Homophobia

The Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus performing in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall in 2009
The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus performing in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall in 1999

The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus has posted online a video that contrasts its performance in October 1999 at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow before an LGBT audience with the current environment of LGBT oppression.

The video shows GMCLA singers on stage before nearly 2,000 people in a performance that was televised live on Russian television. It is considered one of the largest gatherings of LGBT people in Russia’s history.

Video still of GMCLA singing in Russia.

It juxtaposes this momentous occasion with videos of gay men being beaten as they demonstrate for their rights after the passage last year of a law banning gay “propaganda.”

Video still of LGBT Russian activist being beaten at a rally.

 

GMCLA video still with "Today our family's hopes are trumped by hate" overlayed on a violent scene.

GMCLA has posted the video just ahead of Friday’s beginning of the Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi, which has prompted international debate about Russia’s bias against LGBT people at a time when countries around the world are sending athletes to compete in the games.

Watch this moving video below, and support our Russian LGBT brothers & sisters.

GMCLA video still with "The whole world is watching" on screen.

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A. Lee WALKUP
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A. Lee WALKUP

I was one of the GMCLA performing singers on stage at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow that night! We continued to change hearts and minds as we sang with Alla PUGACHEVA; we continue to sing in my 25th year and the Chorus’ 35th season changing the hearts and minds of our listeners! ‘We Shall Overcome.’