2.Meet the Voice of Batman
3.The Words Matter: One Voice Can Make a Difference
4.Out of the Shadows: Risking Their Careers in the Name of Equality
5.Whose Body Is a Beach Body Anyway?
6.Transitioning as a Family
7.This Transgender Ballerina Is Raising the Bar
8.This 11-Year-Old Drag Queen Isn’t Afraid to Show His True Colors
9.Roping With Pride in the International Gay Cowboy Association
10.Gay and Gangster: Deadlee Raps to His Own Rhythm
11.Eradicating Transphobia, One Nail at a Time
12.An Unlikely Activist Finds His Calling
13.The Sound of the Funny: The Vocal Chord Wiz Behind ‘Doug’s’ Theme Beat
14.This 11-Year-Old Drag Queen Isn’t Afraid to Show His True Colors
15.Living Beyond the Gender Binary for Centuries
16.How the Rainbow Pride Flag Earned Its (Colorful) Stripes
17.Battle Rap’s First LGBTQ League
18.This Is the Only Shelter for Refugees in NYC
19.Gay, Black and Proud: The Legacy of Bayard Rustin
20.Countertenor John Holiday Sings the Highest of High Notes
21.This Singer Can Use Her Entire Vocal Range, From High to Low
22.This Buddhist Monk Doubles as a Celebrity Makeup Artist
23.The Chef Serving Soul Food With Pride
24.Paving the Way for a Transgender Olympian
25.The Legend of Falkor: Remembering Your Favorite Voice from the ‘80s
In choral music, the gender binary is all too often in effect—men are expected to have deep baritone voices, while women are expected to have higher pitched sopranos. And if you are a singer who is trans or non-binary, that spectrum can feel isolating. But the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus is hitting all the right notes when it comes to inclusion. Artistic director Dr. William “Billy” Sauerland makes a place in the group for every person and every voice. “I want anybody who feels like their voice has been silenced to make their voice even louder,” he says.
This Great Big Story was made possible by P&G.
This story is a part of our new PROUD channel, celebrating stories of the LGBTQ+ community.
Oakland, CAFull Map
5 videos | 14 min
28 videos | 59 min
5 videos | 5 min
8 videos | 18 min