Forty years ago, Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to hold office in any US city, campaigned for a positive image of hope for young gay people.
Gilbert Baker rose to the challenge, creating the Pride Flag we recognise today, the original of which still flies over The Castro in San Francisco.
He stitched together eight colours, an Octave of Hope; hot pink for sexuality; red for life; orange for healing; green for nature; turquoise blue for art; indigo for harmony and violet for spirit – creating a huge banner that spoke volumes for LGBT+ communities all over the world!
To celebrate this great LGBT+ icon, Actually Gay Men’s Chorus will perform True Colours, their Pride 2018 celebration concert, where they will present their own Octave of Hope.
Musical Director, Samuel Cousins, has compiled a stunning repertoire to showcase Actually Gay Men’s Chorus’ extreme diversity of colour through music. Expect a rollercoaster of emotions, dynamics and drama, light and shade, through both lyrics and the musical arrangements.
Sam said: “This show is all about being yourself and having the ability and strength to show your TRUE COLOURS. Audience members are encouraged to join the celebration by wearing the colours of the Pride Flag.
Actually Gay Men’s Chorus will be joined by Kara Van Park, a powerhouse of drag and audience favourite.
Music will be specially arranged for the show by Samuel Cousins, Simon Gray and Jason Pimblett, amongst others, creating an event not to miss!
The members’ chosen charity for 2018 is The Sussex Beacon , and Actually Gay Men’s Chorus is proud that TRUE COLOURS will also contribute to their fundraising achievements this year.
The Sussex Beacon charity offers specialist care and support for men, women and families living with HIV. Open every day of the year, The Sussex Beacon helps people manage with the everyday realities of living with this life-long condition that has no cure.
Julie Rawcliffe of The Sussex Beacon said: “Every year, we need to raise over two million pounds to continue providing these vital services to people living with HIV. It is only through the generosity of people like you that we are able to continue our work.”
Event: Actually Gay Men’s Chorus present True Colours
Where: St Andrews Church, Waterloo Street, Hove
When: Friday, August 3
Cost: Tickets £15/£13
To book tickets online, click here:
Also available from Prowler in St James Street, Brighton