‘Creating community through music’
The 80 member Chorus is an award-winning choir with a passionate commitment to camaraderie through music. Over 25 years, our members have challenged stereotypes, stood as proud role models for those struggling with their sexuality or identity, and come from all backgrounds, ages and levels of ability. Our individual diversity is our collective strength. We strive for musical excellence, offer a supportive environment for enjoyable learning and performance, and welcome all who share our vision and love of music.MGLC was founded in 1990 by gay performer and activist, Lawrence McGuire. The chorus was first named ALSOUNDS, due in part to its affiliation with the ALSO Foundation. In April 1994, the name was changed to Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus, reflecting the chorus’s organisational independence and a desire to further challenge stereotypes.McGuire learned for the first time of the existence of gay choruses while listening to an LP record, The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Tours America 1981, at a party. Inspired by the discovery, McGuire, along with his roommates (including his sister, Kathleen, and gay friend Tuck Wah Leong), discussed the notion of forming a gay and lesbian choir in Melbourne. McGuire wanted to form a choir specifically with gay men and women in an effort to unify these sometimes-divergent groups. AIDS had already caused much devastation in the gay community, and he believed that a choir would help to lift spirits and be a positive expression against homophobia. With a small group of men and women, both gay and straight, the first rehearsal was held on 28 April 1990.Since its inception in 1990, the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus has committed itself to supporting the GLBTIQ community of Melbourne. As such, the Chorus has performed at the Stonewall commemorative service each year for the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), World AIDS Day ceremonies and services for the People Living With AIDS (PLWHA), and the fundraising Australia Day Picnic for GLBTI radio station, JOY Melbourne (94.9 FM), to name a few.
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