Our Gay Men’s Chorus of Fort Lauderdale Mission Statement
“The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus exists to build community through quality musical performances and civic engagement that promotes a world that accepts and values diversity.”Founded in 1986: Fort Lauderdale,
Broward County, South Florida
BUILD the GAY FORT LAUDERDALE COMMUNITY
Fort Lauderdale has always been a rapidly growing community,
and we’re growing our reach and our community focus with new venues beyond downtown, such as Pembroke Pines and Lauderhill, reaching out with performances in assisted senior living centers, combining with other Arts organizations, like the Broward Performing Arts Center, to commemorate historical LGBT events like Stonewall Fort Lauderdale Pride, and engaging together with LGBTQ High School youth and their allies.
|South Florida LGBTQ and Allies Youth Honor Choir HS youth Collaboration with FTLGMC, the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, at the Stonewall Fort Lauderdale Pride Parade, Wilton Manors, Broward County, Florida|
CREATE QUALITY FORT LAUDERDALE PRIDE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
We helped start the LGBTQ chorus movement 35 years ago, first named as “The South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus” in 1986.
with our nationally recognized founding Director, Dr. Gary Keating, who launched us in 1986 as the very first gay performing arts organization in the state of Florida, and one of the first in the nation and in the world. Our first name was “South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus.” Today, there are thousands such LGBTQ choruses globally and many of them are members of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALAchoruses.org)
|Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz gives Director Dr. Gary Keating the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Medal of Honor for his founding role in the LGBT Chorus Movement in the United States. Courtesy: South Florida Gay News||FTLGMG President Justin Knight with US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of South Florida at the Stonewall Pride 50th Anniversary concert presented in conjunction with other LGBTQ arts organizations|
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Fort Lauderdale has commissioned and performed several original musical works,
such as “Living Out Loud” a nine song cycle by gay composer Robert Seeley and his partner Robert Espindola, well-known for other GLBT compositions such as “Brave Souls and Dreamers” and “Naked Man”
Our gay Fort Lauderdale chorus prepares and presents quality musical productions
Programs from our critically acclaimed Stephen Sondheim concert.
Founding Director Dr. Gary Keating with Broadway guest stars Martha Bartz (left) and Lisa Vroman (right)
FTLGMC Bassist Johnny Jones and Pianist Edwin Neimann
ENGAGE OUR CIVIC COMMUNITY
The Fort Lauderdale Florida Gay Men’s Chorus has performed at numerous South Florida civic events
including most recently for the Broward County Commission, at voter registration events, with the Stonewall Fort Lauderdale Pride Parade and at various senior living centers.
|Broward County Commissioners invited the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus to perform before the entire Commission.|
PROMOTE ACCEPTANCE AND VALUE DIVERSITY
The Fort Lauderdale and surrounding Broward county community remains increasingly diverse.
We promote acceptance of the gifts brought by the “other” and value these differences by celebrating them:
Annually, we participate in the Christmas on Las Olas celebration and the Wilton Manors Holiday Tree lighting. We commemorate historic LBGT events such as Stonewall’s 50th Anniversary by collaborating with various other regional arts organizations.
FTLGMC represents our gay Fort Lauderdale musical community and works together with LGBT youth groups
which share our vision of valuing diversity in our community, such as the Broward Performing Arts Center, the Broward Community Foundation, and the South Florida Gay News organizations.
The FTLGMC promotes acceptance and values diversity in our membership, sponsors, audiences, and the community-at-large. Pictured here at the Broward Performing Arts Center.
|The Gay Men’s Chorus of Fort Lauderdale promotes acceptance and values diversity, as it supports Congresswoman DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ with the chorus at the JEWISH HERITAGE MONTH event in Pembroke Pines, May 2017|