A cast of six singers with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles shared stories of facing discrimination and finding hope with Glendale High students on Tuesday during a sneak peak of a new musical to debut Feb. 1.
The personal testimony and intimate performances brought huge applause from the hundreds of students who attended the event.
The chorus reached out to Glendale High to perform part of their new musical in conjunction with the It Gets Better Project, an organization that promotes positive messages for lesbian, gay and transgender youth.
The chorus has performed at Glendale High before, said Lee Stickler, who manages youth outreach for the chorus. But this time it coincided with the school district’s Yellow Ribbon Week, marking school safety and nonviolence.
“It’s kind of a no-brainer to come here,” Stickler said, adding that Glendale was open to the sensitive subject matter of the musical. “We’re talking about suicide. We’re talking about coming out in high school.