The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is a more than 50 voice gay men’s chorus that performs a wide variety of music, from Classical to Broadway, in three seasonal and numerous outreach performances every year. The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is the most active and well-known Gay Arts organization in the Oakland and East Bay region of California. Centrally located in Oakland, the chorus serves many communities, with members coming from all around the Bay Area.
The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus brings voice to a community where everyone matters
Our Core Values
Community: We create and maintain a bond of friendship and family by affirming individuality, mutual respect, and trust.
Kindness: We uplift and support each other; we believe in and expect the best of one another, exercising patience, understanding, and empathy in our interactions.
Integrity: We are accountable to ourselves and to each other. We are honest and forthright with our motives and actions, striving for excellence.
Trustworthiness: We believe in the reliability of each other, and commit ourselves to supporting and providing a safety net for those in need
Courage: We embrace peace and overcome fear. We create a space in which we are able to do more together than we could do alone
Joy: We delight in sharing fun and laughter.
Giving Back: We foster social justice and oppose discrimination through inclusion and education. We are generous in our support of local non-profit organizations.
Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus began in September of 1999 when Dick Kramer set up a booth at East Bay Pride (Oakland) and recruited members to create a gay men’s chorus for the East Bay. The chorus made its first public appearance the following December at a meeting of The Lavender Seniors in San Leandro.
Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus solidified under the umbrella organization Pacific Center for Human Growth, and created a 3 concert season (Spring, East Bay Pride, Holiday). In January 2006, Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus became independent and acquired its very own 501(c)(3) status.
Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus takes pride in having a voice that reaches deep into the community. It has shared the stage with The Lesbian/Gay of San Francisco, Chorus, Opus Q, Voices-A Lesbian Ensemble, The Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, The Women’s Rainbow Chorus, SDK (formerly the Bear-a-Tones), Out On A Clef and small ensembles from SFGMC. The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus has raised funds and donated concert proceeds to numerous community organizations including Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, P-FLAG Napa Chapter, The Rainbow Community Center, The Lighthouse Community Center, The Center for AIDS Services, The Pacific Center for Human Growth, Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Adopt A Special Kid (AASK), and Alameda Meals on Wheels. Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is proud of the work its members do and of the contribution they make to the East Bay community as well as to the Greater Bay Area.