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Early Sunday morning, June 12, 2016, the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida, experienced an unparalleled tragedy in what was supposed to be a safe space. A shooter who had announced allegiance to the Islamic State group known as ISIS opened fire in the gay club Pulse to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, killing at least 49 and injuring dozens more.
Later that same night, some of the most powerful vigils offered precisely the thing those victims were enjoying before the bullets reached them: music. None were more powerful than those led by gay choruses in cities such as New York, Washington D.C. and Orlando, which gathered to reaffirm the strength and resilience of their communities.
The Providence Gay Men’s Chorus offers our love, unconditional support and solidarity with the Orlando community and everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. We grieve for the lives that were lost and pray for the survivors. To the loved ones of those who died, there are no words we can say that will ease your burden but know that we are with you in thought and prayer. You may be strangers to us, but you are our brothers and sisters. We are all family....
The PGMC would like to take this opportunity to express our deep felt gratitude for your show of support for our 20th Anniversary concert performances. Without you, we would have never seen our hopes and dreams come to life on stage and be such a tremendous success.
Everyone in the PGMC worked incredibly hard over the past year during the lengthy preparations and incessant rehearsals striving to make these concerts the best they could possibly be. Your generosity goes far beyond one of just financial means but is also one of kindness and compassion for the PGMC mission. Your presence at a performance is irreplaceable.
We all thank you very much!
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