Syracuse’s Gay and Lesbian Chorus at the Westcott Fair Syracuse's Gay and Lesbian Chorus at the Westcott Fair

While thousands of Westcott Community Fair-goers braved the sweltering heat on the final day of summer, Earl Taylor collected signatures in a popup tent. His goal? To turn signups into new voices for the Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus.

“The chorus is an all-inclusive organization,” Taylor said. He adds that musical ability should not hold people back from joining.”We’re a non-auditioned chorus, so people can just come in and we’ll find a place to put them.”

The chorus was founded in 1991, and Taylor, who now chairs the group, believes that it was always about providing community. “Originally…it was, you know, a safe place. Cause times have changed a lot for the gay community,” Taylor said.

The group hosts concerts in the spring and winter, with some additional events sprinkled throughout the year. For those interested in joining the chorus, or catching them in concert, Taylor says to check out their website.

Ghael Fobes: While thousands of fair-goers braved the sweltering heat on the
final day of summer…Earl Taylor collected signatures in a popup tent. His goal? To turn signups into new voices for the Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus.

Earl Taylor: The chorus is an all-inclusive organization. We do concerts in the
spring and winter, and also various other times throughout the year at different events. We’re a non-auditioned chorus, so people can just come in and we’ll find a place to put them.

Fobes: The chorus was founded in 1991, and Taylor, who now chairs the group, believes that it was always about providing community.

Taylor: Originally, back in 1991, it was, you know, a safe place.
Cause times have changed a lot for the gay community.

Fobes: If you’re interested in joining the chorus, or catching them in concert, Taylor says to check them out at syrglc.org.

Reported by
Ghael Fobes

Ghael Fobes

is a broadcast & digital journalism sophomore at The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He has interned for NBC News/MSNBC and WNYC's "All Things Considered." Currently, he is the host of The Daily Orange Podcast, which releases new episodes every Tuesday morning.

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