We began as the DC Area Feminist Chorus, were known as Bread and Roses Feminist Singers from 1983 to the fall of 2009, and became Fortissima in October 2009. We have the same committment to music and social justice regardless of the name. We are open to all sopranos and altos, regardless of gender, and without audition.
We are proud to be Maryland’s longest-running LGBTQ+ performing arts organization.
Our Mission is simple:
- We are a diverse, open, and supportive brotherhood of singers who strive to serve our communities and foster positive social change through artistic excellence.
We live our Mission through our Core Values:
- Inclusivity: We celebrate diversity and strive to foster equity and inclusivity across our singers, staff, audience, programming, and the community at large.
- Community: As a proud part of the LGBTQ+ community, we engage with the Baltimore region and beyond through musical performance and acts of service.
- Harmony: We are a supportive brotherhood, providing a safe and caring space for artistic expression, constructive feedback, camaraderie, and sharing of life events.
- Talent: We aspire to a high level of choral excellence with a focus on musicality, vocal health and wellness, and the understanding of music as a universal language, while supporting all our musicians in reaching their fullest potential, regardless of previous choral experience, skill or training
The BMC welcomes all male singers – regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Since our launch in 1984, we have performed in many locations including New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia, Annapolis and, of course, Baltimore. The BMC is very proud of its long tradition of providing the Baltimore community with a wide variety of exciting choral music.
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Reel Affirmations is Washington DC’s international LGBT film festival. Since its first festival, Reel Affirmations has grown to include a companion Pride Film Festival, special screenings throughout the year with a variety of community partnerships, and a grant program to support LGBT filmmakers.
The mission of the award-winning Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is to entertain through excellent musical performance, to affirm the place of gay people in society, and to educate about the gay experience.
Book Men DC is an informal group of men who are interested in gay literature (both fiction and non-fiction). Most of the men live in or near Washington DC, but a few members bring a breath of fresh air to our meetings from outside the Beltway, and visitors to DC are always welcome to drop in and join the discussion.