The Turtle Creek Chorale will host a 24-hour “sing-in,” intended to call attention to and increase support for LGBT community. The concert was triggered by the spate of negative national and state actions directed at gay people, from bathroom bills to presidential tweets against trans servicemen and women. 

The marathon concert begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 11, and will continue until at least 6 p.m. on Aug. 12, at the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. Admission will be free and open to the public, and attendees are invited to come and go as they please… and even join in the singing. Donations will be accepted to support the activities of Lambda Legal and the Transgender Council of the Cathedral of Hope.

“This music festival is a family effort,” says Sean Baugh, Turtle Creek Chorale’s artistic director. “We are driven to bring the healing power of music to help comfort the wounds caused by recent and ongoing attacks against the LGBT community. We must make a statement to all that these senseless actions are damaging to everyone, are unacceptable and must stop.”

The structure of the event, and appropriate attire for attending, are both casual. The atmosphere will be positive, supportive and fun.

“We are pleased that organizations important to the LBGT community can join like this in support of one another,” says John Rieger, board chair of the Turtle Creek Chorale and also a member of the Dallas Leadership Committee, a volunteer group that supports the Dallas office of Lambda Legal. “This is the sort of collaboration that strengthens the empowerment of us all.”

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. Aug. 11–12. For further information, and for ways that you might help, visit

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 11, 2017.