Beijing Queer Chorus celebrates 8th anniversary

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/12/19 19:53:39

Beijing Queer Chorus gives a performance on December 17. Photo: Courtesy of Beijing Queer Chorus

Beijing Queer Chorus gives a performance on December 17. Photo: Courtesy of Beijing Queer Chorus

Beijing Queer Chorus held a performance themed "songs for the past and future" in Yanjiyou bookstore in Haidian district on December 17 to commemorate its 8th anniversary.

During the performance, Queer released a music video of a song Dear Children, which brings attention to the lives of AIDS orphans and calls for society to help and care more about this vulnerable group. AIDS orphans are children whose parents died because of AIDS, and some of the children are AIDS patients themselves. Queer cooperated with Chi Heng Foundation to shoot the video. The foundation is a charity registered and based in Hong Kong helping AIDS impacted children. Their cooperation started in 2012 when Queer taught AIDS impacted children to sing a chorus song Swallow in Chi Heng Foundation's summer camp in Beijing.

In addition, Queer also takes great efforts in many social activities related to AIDS patients care and LGBT rights movements such as AIDS Candle Light Memorial held by UNICEF and LGBT parades in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Founded in 2008, Queer is the first gay and lesbian chorus that performs publicly in Chinese mainland. It is also the first Asian member of The Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses), an international association of LGBT choruses founded in 1982. In July, Queer attended the GALA Festival held by GALA Choruses in the US, becoming the first Asian group attending the festival.

Queer now has over 50 members and they are still recruiting new members and volunteers.

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