An ensemble from the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus performed at the UN on Thursday as new stamps were launched celebrating homosexuality, gay parenting, and transsexualism.
The stamps—a first for the UN—depict male and female same-sex couples kissing and embracing, a person coming out of a closet, a gay couple carrying a girl on their shoulders, and a human butterfly figure to represent the trans community.
It was a great honor for the Chorus to perform at such a milestone event in the history of LGBTQ rights. After the NYCGMC completed their set, Charles Radcliffe, head of the LGBT Free and Equal Campaign, gave a heart-felt speech praising the Chorus for “filling the UN with the music of love.” The ensemble’s stirring performance was conducted by NYCGMC Assistant Conductor, John J Atorino.
On the eve of the stamps’ unveiling, nearly half of all UN member states unsuccessfully sought to prevent the stamps being issued—a sobering reminder of why the Chorus’s work and mission to promote equality and acceptance continues to be so vital.