Australian invitation to Lebanese LGBT community and allies
My name is Paul. My mother is from Hasroun, Lebanon. I sing with Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir (SGLC) in Australia.
SGLC invites all our Lebanese LGBT friends and straight allies to sing with us in our virtual choir project, as OutPostChoir goes live. Please join us singing “You Make Me Proud” with our LGBT friends around the globe.
Anyone can now visit the website at www.outpostchoir.com, follow the video instructions to learn the song, record themselves on their personal webcam and then submit their video. Each voice will then be mixed into the virtual choir performance on the website which will become an ever expanding mosaic of faces (optional) and voices as more and more people participate over the life of the project.
The original idea for OutPostChoir was to give isolated LGBTIQ people in regional Australia and less tolerant countries around the world, the same opportunity that we have, of being part of a supportive gay and lesbian choir. However, in the context of IDAHO Day, the project has developed into a powerful symbol of the world’s ongoing fight against homophobia. We invite all people, including our straight allies, to add their voice. The project culminates on World Aids Day, on December 1st, 2012.
“You Make Me Proud” was selected as the official OutPostChoir song following a recent international song competition. The song is really all about recognising and celebrating the wonderful people in the community around us who help to give us the strength to be who we really are and to be the best that we can be. Sometimes those people have had to deal with huge challenges themselves and have overcome them, and become an inspiration to us in that way. But often it is just the incredible love and support of our extended family and friends which gives us the courage to really overcome our own personal struggles and to follow our own dreams. The song really serves as a reminder that we are all there for each other and that no-one should feel afraid or alone in the challenges they face.