In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in the southern US and the divisive 2016 elections, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir embarks on a daring tour of the American Deep South. An official selection at the 2019 Inside Out LGBT Toronto Film Festival.
Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma, Alabama. They performed in churches, community centres, and concert halls in hopes of uniting people in a divisive period. The journey also challenges Tim and other choir members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a personal journey toward reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of an America where the things that divide people – faith, politics, sexual identity – are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.
Discussion to be led by Graeme Reid, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch.
Special performance by Singing Out, Toronto’s LGBTQ+ chorus.