Its first season opened barely a year ago, and already the St. John’s Gay Men’s Chorus is putting this province on the map. The Gay Men’s Chorus is a community chorus for LGBTQ men and allies, explains Yohei Sakai, the group’s founder and director. “We don’t do auditions – everyone is welcome,” he emphasizes. Sakai is a graduate student in music at Memorial University, and is originally from Japan. He had been part of gay men’s choruses in his native Japan as well as in Mexico when he moved to this province to continue his studies. “When I came here, Spectrum [Queer Choir] was already here but I noticed that not many gay men were singing, and for me gay men should sing. So I [knew] I had to do something.” After putting out a call on social media, the chorus launched its first season in April 2017, and it…
“It is now that we must do the critical work to validate those who have come before us, to make sure that trans people in this province are no longer hidden from history.”
As unprecedented numbers marched in St. John’s annual Pride parade Sunday, participants past and present reflect on LGBTQ struggles, achievements and the road ahead. (With files from Hans Rollmann.)
Province’s first-ever collectively organized Trans March takes over streets of downtown St. John’s a day ahead of the city’s annual Pride Parade.
Before the celebration, came the struggle. And despite the progress that’s been made, the struggle continues today.
Same-sex marriage equality has been hailed as a victory. But how is equal participation in an oppressive institution a win?
Organizer returns to St. John’s with hopes of launching support service