The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is tweaking their international tour to focus on spreading positivity at home following Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States.
The global outreach tour planned to visit countries where LGBT communities have been struggling. Now, the group is shifting its direction to conservative U.S. states to use their music as a beacon of hope for their LGBT communities who feel disparaged post-election.
“In response to the election, we decided we have as much work to do at home as we would do abroad,” Director Tim Seelig told ABC7news. “We want to go to those places that are still strongholds of this kind of discrimination and bigotry. And bring our voice. And encourage people there with our music. And also hopefully change some hearts and minds.”
The “Building Bridges Tour” will kick off in 2018 before midterm elections.
“We, as a country, have a long road to travel,” Executive Director Chris Verdugo said in a statement. “Our LGBT youth fear what their future might look like. We have a duty to them and an obligation to protect the freedoms we have rigorously fought for. We believe this tour is a step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion and empathy.”
Following the election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus also released a video of the choir singing “There Will Be Light.” The video features the struggles the LGBT community has faced in the past, such as the assassination of Harvey Milk, along with the triumphs like the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.