TCC to Stage Marathon “Sing-In for Dignity”

Dallas’ renowned male chorus, the Turtle Creek Chorale, will host a 24-hour “sing-in” to call attention to and develop increased support for LGBT communities in the wake of recent negative national and state actions directed at them.  The men of the Chorale and their guests will begin this musical marathon at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ, 5910 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas.  The program will extend through the next day, Saturday, August 12 until at least 6:00 PM.

The event will be free to the public and attendees are invited to come and go as they please, even singing along if they want.  Donations will be accepted to support the activities of Lambda Legal and the Transgender Council of the Cathedral of Hope.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of civil rights for all LGBT citizens and those living with HIV through litigation, education and public policy work.  Currently, Lambda Legal is asking the U. S. Supreme Court to decide a landmark civil rights case that could extend employment discrimination protection to the LGBT community.  Lambda Legal has committed to fight any implementation of the recently-announced transgender ban in the military, actively opposes “bathroom bill” legislation and has brought multiple cases across the country challenging the erosion of LGBT peoples’ rights.

The Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ is a 47-year-old, 4,000-member congregation in Dallas, the world’s largest church with a primary outreach to LGBT persons.  A number of its members are transgender and, as a church, support its Transgender Council which sponsors a workshop titled “Transgender 101 for Allies and Advocates” and advocates for the transgender community.

“This music festival is a family effort,” says Sean Baugh, Turtle Creek Chorale’s Artistic Director.  “We are driven to bring the healing power of music to help comfort the wounds caused by recent and ongoing attacks against the LGBT community.  We must make a statement to all that these senseless actions are damaging to everyone, are unacceptable and must stop.”

“We invite our friends in music from any ensemble or as individuals to join us at any time during this 24-hour time period to support us and even to sing along!”

The structure of the event, and appropriate attire for attending, are both decidedly casual.  The atmosphere will be positive, supportive and fun.  Overnight it will even be acceptable if a singer now and again is spotted sleeping through a song.

“We are pleased that organizations important to the LBGT community can join like this in support of one another,” says John Rieger, Chair of the Board of the Turtle Creek Chorale and also a member of the Dallas Leadership Committee, a volunteer group that supports the Dallas office of Lambda Legal.  “This is the sort of collaboration that strengthens the empowerment of us all.”

Recent action pertaining to the military. . .”is a witch hunt. . . focused on some of the most vulnerable members of our society and should be resisted by all people of faith and good conscience,” Reverend Dr. Neil G Cazares-Thomas, Senior Pastor of the Cathedral of Hope, states.  “From so-called “bathroom bills” to this latest move, it has become clear that many in our country are undereducated, have not listened to our transgender siblings and are led by hatred, bigotry and outright discrimination — none of the values that we see in either Jesus or the spiritual leaders of other faiths.  We are proud to be part of this vocalization effort.”

Bruce Jaster, Executive Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, quotes the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and his statement “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”.

“These national directives and state legislative initiatives erode the rights of every single citizen,” Jaster adds.  “We are all lessened by these inappropriate actions of a few taken against people who are viewed to be ‘less than’.  We cannot stand back and let things like this continue to happen.  It is time to bring people together in support of us all.”

The Turtle Creek Chorale welcomes any community support to help “Sing-In for Dignity” take the stage.

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