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What's a Gay Straight Alliance Chorus?

During Pride weekend in Portland, you might have been lucky enough to catch a performance of Diverse Harmony, Seattle’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Chorus. These high-spirited, very musically gifted group of young people performed at several venues throughout the weekend. Their energy was definitely infectious. And it jump-started two of our PFLAG Portland board members – Mark Weinsoft and the Rev. Paul Davis – to work to build a GSA chorus in Portland. Drawing on the model of Diverse Harmony, the Portland GSA Chorus seeks to create a safe environment for youth of diverse backgrounds to share their love of music and to be accepted for who they are. In fact, the mission of Diverse Harmony is particularly inspiring: