Monday, June 17, 2013
Turtle Creek Chorale doesn’t want to be identified as “gay chorus”
What’s so strange about that, is the Turtle Creek Chorale is a gay chorus.
DALLAS Friday, the Dallas Voice posted a story about a controversy over singer Sandi Patty’s upcoming appearance with the Turtle Creek Chorale. In that article, I was surprised to read that executive director David Fisher does not want the Turtle Creek Chorale identified as a gay men’s chorus.
We reached out to outgoing TCC executive director David Fisher, who began by correcting our assertion that TCC is a “gay” chorus.
“We have gay and straight. We have Democrat and Republican. We have evangelical and Catholic and atheist and Buddhist and probably a Hindu in there somewhere,” Fisher said. “We have all faiths, colors, ages and sexual orientations in the chorus. The unifying fact among all it that we sing, we make music together, and that is what we are going to do with Sandi Patty. The chorale has always been about building bridges between communities and being a symbol of solidarity and unity and finding our commonalities rather than focusing on our differences.”
What’s so strange about that, is the Turtle Creek Chorale is a gay chorus. It’s a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), which has a mission of “empowering LGBT Choruses as we change our world through song.”
According to the TCC website, “The Turtle Creek Chorale is a proud member of GALA Choruses.” In July 2012, the members even traveled to Denver to attend the GALA convention.
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It does say on the TCC website that it’s open to all members: “The TCC, an arts organization, has an open-door policy, respectful of diversity and welcoming to all in the greater Dallas community who have a love of chorale music and wish to audition.”
Still, why would an organization that is so active in the Dallas gay community not want to be identified as a gay men’s chorus? I have reached out the the TCC for comment.
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