The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC sings to inspire equality and inclusion with musical performances and education promoting justice and dignity for all.


Led by Artistic Director Thea Kano, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is now in its 39th season with a mission that is dynamic and socially-relevant. GMCW has more than 250 singing members, three select vocal ensembles, a dance company, a youth chorus, 50 support volunteers, more than 300 subscribers, 500 donors, and an annual audience of more than 10,000 people.


  • We carry the legacy of those who came before us to influence our future.
  • We respect and value the talent, time and resources of our members.
  • We honor the unique backgrounds and experiences of our members.
  • We actively promote our identity as a LGBTQ+ organization.
  • We feed and feature the multifaceted artistic and theatrical expression of our members.
  • We share our talent, time, and resources to enhance our community.

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC is a project of the Federal City Performing Arts Association, a not-for-proft, 501(c)3 organization.

1140 3rd Street NE, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20002
Phone 202-293-1548

Since January 2017, and even well before that, we have witnessed a near constant assault on virtually every group that can be referred to as ‘other.’ We have heard hateful rhetoric about women, people with disabilities, immigrants, people of color, queer youth, transgender people, people of different faiths, especially those of Jewish and Muslim religions, and sexual minorities. Even as we write this, President Trump is seeking to exclude trans people from serving in the military and to deny currently-serving trans military personnel the medical treatment they require and deserve. Seemingly the only people who are safe are those who share in that hate of the ‘other.’ Even in DC and the surrounding areas, there are increased reports of hate crimes and attacks. These messages of hate have many paralyzed with fear and anger, wondering what we can do.

What this hate has not done and will not do is diminish our voice. Earlier this year, GMCW took strategic steps to align our mission with what we have been doing for nearly four decades – singing for equality, inclusion, justice, and dignity of all people. We believe in a world where everyone is treated with respect and as equals.

As we continue our 39th season, GMCW reaffirms our pledge to raise our voice to extinguish the hate that is tearing our United States apart. We will celebrate the diverse tapestry of our great nation instead of shredding that tapestry. We will uplift and inspire queer youth rather than allowing them to be the victims of bullying. We will bring people together through the power of performance instead of isolating groups of people with fear. And as we recall the success of our Equality Tour, and plan our next one, we will take our message and music beyond the beltway to comfort, encourage, and inspire a broader activist audience.

Whether you’ve been with us since our inception or are learning about us for the first time, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you believe, we welcome you to join us. We offer you the opportunity to make your voice heard by performing with us, volunteering with us, donating to us, and attending our full season of varied and fascinating concerts and events.

With each voice that is added, our power grows. Thank you for being a part.

Love always wins,
Justin & Thea

2018 Annual Report

Fundraising Brochure