Gay choirs unite online to serenade health workers with moving tributes
Two LGBT+ choirs in the US have each performed tribute songs to health care and other essential workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Singers came together online for the virtual performances by San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.
The San Francisco choir chose the song ‘Truly Brave’ – a mashup of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors’ and Sara Bareilles’s ‘Brave’. The SFGMC is the oldest LGBT+ choir in the world but this is their first totally virtual performance.
The over 150 choir members dedicated the song to the ‘first responders and healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19’. They added: ‘You are our heroes.’
You can watch it here:
Meanwhile Boston Gay Men’s Chorus chose their signature song, Everything Possible, for their virtual performance. American singer-songwriter Fred Small created the song in 1985.
BGMC said: ‘This is the song we sing at every outreach concert we do and to welcome new chorus members into the BGMC family at the first rehearsal of every new season.
‘Today, we dedicate it to all those who are impacted by #COVID19, including the health care providers and support staff and who are caring for the sick and the dying; and to the food service employees, child care providers, grocery store workers, delivery people, postal carriers, sanitation workers, and other essential workers who are risking their own health and safety to ensure that we all have what we need to maintain our health during this deadly pandemic.
‘We’re thankful for your courage and commitment.
‘As this song says, “the only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.” And may each of you “dream all the day never reaching the end of everything possible for you.”’
You can watch it here:
Help fight coronavirus
Meanwhile, you can help fight the virus, protect yourself and ease the pressure on essential workers.
LGBT+ organizations have issued useful advice on staying safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.
In particular, they are advising against sex as it spreads the virus. However, sex with someone you are self-isolating with is much safer, providing neither of you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Meanwhile, there’s more advice for HIV positive people about coronavirus here.
And there’s general coronavirus health advice for all LGBT+ people here. This includes links to advice for people with cancer and to LGBT+ supportive medical services in the US.
LGBT+ people are more likely to struggle with poor mental health. But there is help if you just reach out. You can find a list of LGBT+ resources and helplines all around the world here. Please note, some of the helplines may have different operating hours during the pandemic.
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Author: Tris Reid-Smith