By Benjamin Laffoon, Tenor I
I often get asked why I sing with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. I have always enjoyed singing with men’s choruses. Not long after my family’s move to Atlanta, I sought out a men’s chorus with the hope that I could find one which would be a good fit for me. This search led me to the AGMC.
The talented and dedicated members of the AGMC have a history of providing high-quality, meaningful music to its audiences. I feel that I have found that good fit in an organization that is filled with kind and welcoming members.
I chose to audition with the AGMC for an additional reason. I am the father of two young children and I want them to grow up in a world where they are comfortable being who they are without bias or prejudice.
I am not so naive to believe that my singing will rid the world of bias, but it will at least show my children that sexual identity or orientation is not something that should be used to segregate people with a common goal or interest. My children and wife see all of our concerts, and are extremely supportive of the chorus.
While I am not a person that typically enjoys being labeled, it is with a great sense of pride that I wear the label of a Tenor I in the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus.
Editor’s note: We regularly feature one of our volunteer members to better understand the true diversity of the AGMC and each person’s unique story of why he/she sings or serves. This issue, we feature one of our singing members of two years, Benjamin Laffoon, a CDC epidemiologist and a married straight man with two young children who we’re proud to call our brother.