Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Practicing Tolerance

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

A  prominent male chorus has recently had two of its members outed over sexual orientation, but the group handled the surprise with so much grace and acceptance that it ought to serve as an example for every other social organization in the country.  The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, an exemplary choir of male voices which performs nationally and internationally, has learned over the past few months that two of its members are straight.  And, refreshingly, the Chorus is open to individuals based on their singing ability, and even straights are welcome.

The two men, Chris Yraola and Jordan Bell, reported that they have had no trouble fitting into the group, even after coming out as straight, but Jordan did note that some of his straight friends outside of the Chorus questioned why he would want to belong the the gay group.  He told those questioning his decision, "...just because you're in a gay chorus doesn't mean you're gay.  I'm here because it's an outstanding chorus."

One wonders if a choir in a "Christian" fundamentalist church would be equally accepting of a gay member?  (Okay.  One doesn't really wonder!)

Lots of musical productions by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles can be found on You Tube.  Check them out!

1 comment:

Xobekim said...

Or would such a choir accept a Christian from another sect or denomination? I won't even ask the absurd question of a person from a different religion.

Once upon a time the word gay meant happy, not homosexual. It seems that the men in L.A. have made both meanings matter.