Youth Pride Chorus
Youth Pride Chorus harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change. YPC refuses homophobia, bullying, and all forms of hate by boldly asserting the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today’s youth. YPC singers discover their own power by empowering others in schools, online, and for the general public through electrifying performances of the highest calibre.
YPC is operated jointly by Big Apple Performing Arts and the Center Youth program of the LGBT Community Center of New York. It is one of only a few youth choruses of its kind in the world. YPC is comprised of up to 40 LGBTQ youth from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds—many from low-income families and low-income neighborhoods in the five boroughs of New York City. Many of these young people have experienced intense prejudice from their peers, schools, and families—some no longer even live at home. Many YPC members have also never sung in public before so by being welcomed into the YPC family, they are able to truly find their voice. YPC members also benefit from learning the discipline required for music training and performing, all within the safe space of a strong community where they feel accepted and proud.
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