Is the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus gay enough?

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San Diego Gay Mens Chorus

The fuck-up of the week blown up beyond all proportions happened at the Padres game Saturday night:


San Diego Union-Tribune:  The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is calling for an investigation of a mixup that occurred at a San Diego Padres game Saturday night, when a recording of a woman’s voice was played over 100 male chorus members who took the field to perform the national anthem.

The anthem is not always performed live, and this was an instance where a taped version was to be played with the performers on the field. Saturday was scheduled as a “Pride Night” game, aimed at engaging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baseball fans. Members of the chorus said they were shocked and embarrassed by the incident, and want to find out how it happened.

“I really want to believe that it was an error,” said Bob Lehman, executive director of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. “But the first thought was, did they do this on purpose?  

What should have been a night of joy and celebration at Petco Park last night, instead turned into a nightmare raising serious questions about homophobia within the San Diego Padres organization and its relationship with the LGBT community.


Bob got in there right away with the ‘they did it on purpose and we should get this story running as long as possible’ angle.  That’s an enormous leap from Bob, and he should be given a lot of credit for being overly butthurt AND never having heard of Occam’s Razor.

Sure, it’s possible that some homophobic DJ in charge of the music for the night decided on, of all nights, Pride Night, to make his protest playing someone else singing the anthem over the top of the Chorus Boys.  Completely illogical, and a microscopic possibility, but sure.

It’s also possible that said DJ wasn’t homophobic, but heard them in rehearsals sounding like a bunch of screeching cats and decided to save the paying customers the pain of bleeding from the ears – like they should have done when Carl Lewis sung the anthem that one time.   It’s even probable that someone just rammed any old tape in, and no-one in the booth or the crowd even noticed there was a bunch of dudes on the field at all, like what happens at every game unless it’s the Super Bowl or they’ve wheeled out some celebrity.   That’s if anyone was watching these last-placed assholes at all.

But I wouldn’t call the investigation closed if I was Bob until I considered one thing: Gay Sabotage – or, as its becoming widely known, Gaybotage.

This is a movement fast spreading across the LGBT field.  It’s where certain members of the LGBT community decide other members of the LGBT community are not gay enough to be representing their community.  The serious transgender community, who initially threw their arms in the air and exalted the birth of Caitlin Jenner now see her as a jilly-come-lately shill who didn’t endure the hardships the rest of the community did: i.e. not trans enough.

There’s a very real chance that the fundamental gays out there looked at the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’s schtick and decided they were not gay enough to represent the movement on Pride Night.  So they broke into the booth, and changed the tape out for a non-descript female karaoke singer’s effort from a year ago.

That’s the question that people in the community are asking: is the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus gay enough?






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