First the musical Rent put on a show in Cuba. Now it’s a gay chorus from the U.S. capitol.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC announced on Wednesday that they’re headed to Cuba for what they called the “first-ever visit by a gay chorus.”
The nine-day concert tour will include five performances in and around Havana starting July 10, 2015.
“We have an incredible opportunity to help make a difference in the perception of the U.S. and of LGBTQ people with this historic visit,” said Chase Maggiano, executive director of Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, in a statement.
No word on what songs the chorus plans to perform in July, but a peek at their YouTube channel shows “Cell Block Tango” from the musical Chicago and Ricky Martin's “Livin’ La Vida Loca” are among their top 10 most-watched videos.
The Gay Men’s Chorus is partnering with Youth For Understanding, an international network of groups that lead cultural exchanges.
“As we know from our long history of concerts worldwide, person to person interaction can be a key driver of social change. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to help advance the dialogue by serving as cultural ambassadors,” said Maggiano.