FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC – January 2011
THE GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON
Celebrates the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell with Let’s Hear It For The Boys
with special guest Major Mike Almy
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents the second show of their 30th Anniversary Season Let’s Hear It For The Boys, with special guest, Major Mike Almy, a gay USO-style show honoring GLBT service members and veterans. Let’s Hear It For The Boys takes place on Saturday, February 12, 2011, with shows scheduled for 5 pm and 8 pm at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G Street NW. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at WWW.GMCW.ORG, by calling (202)293-1548, or at the door. Group Rates are available.
Visit GMCW’s own Stage Door Canteen, a swinging salute to GLBT men and women in uniform who have served, despite the policy that has denied them full equality. From the Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” to “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime, join us for a GAY homage to those who serve, protect, and defend.
This production is sponsored by Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, the Washington Blade, Verizon Wireless and by generous support from Steve Herman & John DiBenedetto and presenting sponsors Jim & Barbara Tozzi and Melbourne Jenkins & Juan Febles.
ABOUT MAJOR MIKE ALMY
Mike Almy joined the US Air Force in 1993 after graduating from Wright State University, where he earned his commission through Air Force ROTC, as a distinguished graduate. He served a total of thirteen years on active duty as a communications officer before he was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2006. In his last position in the Air Force he led a team of nearly 200 men and women, responsible for operating and maintaining the command and control systems used to control the airspace over Iraq. His discharge process lasted sixteen months and started after the Air Force searched his private emails in Iraq.
During his career in the Air Force Mike has been stationed at Kelly AFB, Texas, Randolph AFB, Texas, Scott AFB, Illinois, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, Quantico MCB, Virginia, Ramstein AB, Germany and Spangdahlem AB, Germany. He deployed to the Middle East four times during his career, supporting Operation Desert Fox, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has a master’s degree from Webster University, and is a graduate of Marine Corps University and Air University. His decorations include the Joint Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal. He was named Officer of the Quarter, and Officer of the Year several times throughout his career. In 2005, he was named the top communications officer for the Air Force in Europe. In 2006 he was recommended for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, even as the Air Force was actively seeking to discharge him under DADT.
Since his discharge from the military Mike has worked as an IT consultant in the Washington, DC area, on projects for the Department of State and Department of Defense. His hometown is Dayton, Ohio. He has been an advocate for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee and lobbying members of Congress. He spoke alongside Senators Lieberman and Levin when the bill to repeal DADT was introduced in the Senate. He has been interviewed on NPR, CNN, The Associated Press, The Rachel Maddow Show, Kathy Griffin’s, My Life on the D List and the Advocate. He also escorted Lady Gaga to the MTV Video Music Awards and spoke at the repeal rally she held in Maine, before the vote in the Senate.
Interview opportunities are available with Artistic Director, Jeff Burhman; Major Mike Almy and members of the Chorus.
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Saturday, February 12 at 5 pm
Saturday, February 12 at 8 pm
ACCESSIBILITY: Fully Accessible: Inform box office at time of ticket purchase.
Cost: $35 per person
By Phone: 202.293.1548
In Person: at the door on the day of the show.
LOCATION: Church of The Epiphany, 1317 G Street NW
GROUP RATES: available for groups of 15 or more
Let’s Hear It For The Boys is the second production of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s 30th Anniversary Season, 2010-2011.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is one of the area’s most highly respected arts and community service organizations. Its mission is to “entertain through excellent musical performance, to affirm the place of gay people in society and to educate about the gay experience.” It has more than 275 singing members, nearly 100 support volunteers, more than 700 subscribers, nearly 500 donors and an annual audience of nearly 10,000.