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Following their recent success at the Roundhouse with their show “Seven Deadly Sins”, the London Gay Men’s Chorus is now off to Warsaw, Poland to take part in Europride 2010.
They will be joined by the Stockholm’s Gay Choir “Stockholm Gaykor” in a concert on Friday 16 July at the iconic Palace of Culture and will be marching in the Pride march on Saturday.
Despite being one of the first European countries to legalise homosexuality (in 1932), to allow gay people to serve in the military, and protecting sexual orientation in its employment code since 2003, the influence of Catholicism and conservatism runs deep in Polish society, and as recently as 2005, a survey showed 89% of the population considered homosexuality an "unnatural" activity and only 50% of the electorate believed it should be tolerated.
In 2004 and 2005, local authorities in Warsaw led by the then-Mayor Lech Kaczyński prohibited the gay pride parades but in the more liberal political climate which recently elected a new President in Bronislaw Komorowski, the Chorus is delighted to be invited to support Europride with their concert in PKiN and on the March.
Having this substantial gay choir perform openly in PKiN the Palace of Culture and Science is specially significant, since this was the building donated to Poland by Joseph Stalin, who sent thousands of homosexuals to labour camps or to their deaths, and it feels the Chorus is helping to reclaim it for gay liberation.
The London Gay Men’s Chorus is now, with around 190 singing members, Europe’s largest and best known gay choir. It has performed around the UK at numerous venues including the London Palladium, the Dome, the Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Southbank Centre and toured overseas in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United States.
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