In response to North Carolina’s anti-LGBT bathroom laws, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington and the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus showed up for some impromptu singing performances around the city of Raleigh.
But according to Hermant Mehta of Patheos, local Christian preachers crashed the events in an effort to counter their message by quoting the bible – including passages that call for the deaths the homosexuals.
“Instead of responding to their hate with more of the same, the singers kept doing what they do best… and just sang louder, drowning out the voices of religious bigotry,” Mehta wrote.
Elizabeth Breakey, who captured that video, wrote about what she saw on Facebook:
This particular moment in Moore Square was one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced. As the choir began to sing, anti-gay protesters, about 30 feet away, started to scream out their hateful rhetoric, demanding the deaths of LGBT people in accordance with their God’s laws. I’ve never heard such blatantly violent hate speech. I was in tears. And yet, these brave men stood directly in front of them and performed with pride, courage and conviction a song that perfectly sums up the battle. After such a horrible week, where anti-gay hate-speech and legislation created a monster who murdered 49 men and women, it’s a beautiful thing to see people stand up with courage in front of those that would see them dead and sing with kindness in their heart.
In case anyone is wondering, the song is “Make Them Hear You” from the 1998 Tony-winning musical Ragtime.
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