GAPA Men’s Chorus (USA)

A significant cultural component of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) in San Francisco, the GAPA Men’s Chorus was formed in 1989 to provide a showcase for the vocal music talents of gay, bisexual and transgender Asian & Pacific Islander (API) men. Our multilingual repertoire includes songs in Mandarin, Tagalog, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian, Hawaiian, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian and English, among others. Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the Chorus promotes GAPA’s goals by highlighting diversity and queer Asian Pacific visibility at its every appearance.

 

The GAPA Men’s Chorus is a grassroots group whose goals are to create a safe space for queer API men of all ages to find fellowship and share our worldviews by providing a supportive community through song. We don’t have auditions and we welcome queer API men at all skill levels. This has always been an accepted aspect of the group and is one reason we have flourished for 30 years. We are there to nurture and support each other to be the best we can be. This has encouraged members to have particularly strong bonds, creating a deep sense of extended family.

 

Representing a minority community within minority communities in the United States, one of the most valuable roles the GAPA Men’s Chorus can play is in raising awareness for queer Asian and Pacific Islander achievement. The GAPA Men’s Chorus has been very effective in outreaching to the larger Asian Pacific population, as well as the mainstream LGBTQ community. As an all-API chorus, our ethnic and sexual identity is front and center. Unlike other Western choral groups, our members don't blend into a multi-cultural whole, so our impact is more direct. We put ourselves out there as a unified group proudly showing what queer API men can achieve and create together.

 

For additional information, visit our website: www.gapamc.org or email: chorus@gapa.org

サンフランシスコに拠点を置くGAPAの重要な文化的要素であるGAPA Men's Chorusは、1989年、アジア太平洋地域の島民のゲイ、バイセクシャル、トランスジェンダーの音楽能力を披露する場所を作るために結成されました。私達の多言語のレパートリーは、北京語、タガログ語、日本語、ベトナム語、韓国語、インドネシア語、ハワイ語。ラテン語、フランス語、スペイン語、イタリア語、英語、その他と多岐にわたる。今年は、30周年記念の年であり、GAPAの目標を、多様性の強調とアジア太平洋地域の性的少数者の認知度を高めることよって推進します。 GAPA Men's Chorusは、それらの性的少数者が安全に、仲間を見つける場所を創造することを、歌を通じて協力的なコミュニティをもち、世界観を共有することを目的とした草の根団体です。選考はなく、すべてのアジア太平洋地域の性的少数者を歓迎しています。 これは、30年にわたり活動を続けてこられた一つの理由でもあります。互いに支え、育成しあってきたことで、強い絆が生まれ、大きな家族のような親密感を持てています。

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