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19 June 2017, 12:11
Gay Men's Chorus of Washington confronted protesters… with music
What better way to combat hate than with an impromptu a cappella performance?
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were on their way back to the hotel after performing at the Pride Festival in Knoxville Tennessee this weekend when they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs. They decided to stand up to them using the power of music.
All around the world Pride festivals are taking place this month and at this weekend's Pride festival in Knoxville, Tennessee the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were among the performers.
As they were heading back to their hotel they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs.
Dan Kaufman, a member of the chorus, who posted the video on Facebook said:
“We were already on our buses, headed to our hotel, when we decided to get off the buses and confront these protestors the best way we know how – with music.”
They sang ‘Make Them Hear You’ from the musical Ragtime.
Ragtime charts changes in the United States in the early 20th century and the song ‘Make Them Hear You’ comes from near the end of the show. Its message is that you can change society with words, without resorting to violence:
“Go out and tell our story
To your daughters and your songs.
Make them hear you.”