Our Mission Singing Out Loud and Proud

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The GAPA Men’s Chorus’ introductory video at the GALA Choruses Festival in Denver, Colorado, 04 July 2016.

 

A Bit of History

1989

In 1988, the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) was formed. Its mission was to create awareness and visibility for marginalized gay and bisexual Asian and Pacific Islander men to develop a positive collective identity and to establish a support network. A year later, the GAPA Men’s Chorus was born as a social outlet for members.

The original group debuted on 03 November 1989 at the Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco and, for almost three decades, it has been a unique voice for music not often sung in choral circles – the forgotten songs of home, in the vast cultural landscape of Asia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee proclaims May 30, 2015 GAPA Men's Chorus Day!
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee proclaims May 30, 2015 GAPA Men’s Chorus Day!
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2016

We debuted for the first time at GALA Chorus Festival in Denver, Colorado, singing to rousing ovation at Boettcher Hall on July 4th.
We debuted for the first time at GALA Chorus Festival in Denver, Colorado, singing to rousing ovation at Boettcher Hall on July 4th.
Who We Are

2006

In 2006, we went international, singing at the First World OutGames in Montreal, Canada.
In 2006, we went international, singing at the First World OutGames in Montreal, Canada.

2015

In November 2015, we represented the USA in the first-ever LGBT choral festival in Asia - Hand in Hand - in Taipei, Taiwan.
In November 2015, we represented the USA in the first-ever LGBT choral festival in Asia – Hand in Hand – in Taipei, Taiwan.
In December 2016, we sing the National Anthem at Oracle Arena for our home team, the Golden State Warriors!
In December 2016, we sing the National Anthem at Oracle Arena for our home team, the Golden State Warriors!

The Chorus

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Randy

Music Director

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Desmond

Accompanist

Associations

We are proud members of or are generously supported by the following organizations

Proud Voices Asia
(Member)
Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (Member)
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance
(Parent Organization)
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation (Supporter)

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2016-denver-randyRandy Kikukawa is a leader and activist in the LGBT choral movement and in the queer API community for more than three decades. Born in Wisconsin and raised there and in Hawaii, he started singing in church choirs in grade school. That musical journey continued with the Honolulu Symphony Chorus in high school and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the U.C. Berkeley Collegium Musicum at university.

In 1982, Randy became a founding member of the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus (GGMC); he has served in GGMC’s board and in various executive roles since 1985. He also sang in and served the board of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and is a "gold star" attendee of GALA Choruses, having participated in every gathering since its inception. He joined GAPA Men’s Chorus in 1991 and has since been its musical director.

Randy received his undergraduate degree in German Literature from Harvard University and his masters in Germanic and Historic Linguistics at University of California, Berkeley.

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A native of Singapore, Desmond Tan received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Piano from the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, now a constituent department of the Columbia College Chicago, and the Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco, respectively, as well as his licentiate from the Royal College of Music. In the past, he has toured New Zealand and performed for the Royal Family of Brunei. He teaches piano, sings in a soothing bass-baritone, and speaks several Chinese languages, including Cantonese, Hokkien and Mandarin. Desmond joined GAPA Men’s Chorus in 1993, left for a few years, then returned.