In 2018, SFGMC will launch RHYTHM: Reaching Youth Through Music, a new educational youth outreach program. RHYTHM will bring the Chorus into middle and high schools across the Bay Area.
Help us raise $50,000 by the end of the year to make the program launch a success!
We believe that music has the power to bring people together while empowering and celebrating LGBTQ youth across San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.
Our goals are simple:
- Encourage students to better understand who they are as individuals
- Accept and foster LGBTQ youth and their peers to be their authentic selves
- Guide youth to make positive choices surrounding acceptance
- Increase awareness that identifying as LGBTQ is not a choice
- Serve as role models
In California, 87% of LGBTQ of students report hearing “gay” in a negative way. Eighty-five percent report being verbally harassed and one out of four report being physically harassed. Many LGBTQ students in California do not have access to in-school resources and supports.
RHYTHM reaffirms and supports students in expressing their authentic selves regardless of their sexual orientation. The program also promotes the power of being an ally.
With themes of pride, individualism, anti-bullying, and advocacy, RHYTHM brings students and members of SFGMC together to share our experiences, foster a safe space, and grow from the powerful stories of our past.
By May of 2018 we will have reached 3,500+ students across the Bay Area. We anticipate the program will prompt shifts in students’ attitudes about LGBTQ people and issues. We also hope that these changes in attitude will result in a safer space for LGBTQ students.
“Imagine if something like [SFGMC] would have come to Jackson, MS when you were 16, maybe you wouldn't have felt so alone..." – A mother to her son on the Lavender Pen Tour