January 13, 2016—Today, General Electric announced that it would relocate its global headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut to Boston. Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Executive Director Craig Coogan offered the following statement in response:
“General Electric has a strong philanthropic commitment to both the arts and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Through the GE Foundation, the company offers significant supports to arts and cultural organizations, and in 2014, the company began offering transgender-inclusive health care coverage for all employees, and it belongs to a group of leading U.S. companies that support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
“While GE selected Boston as its new global headquarters in order to take advantage of the region’s richly innovative and creative economy, the city’s arts, cultural, and LGBT communities will also benefit from GE’s long history of corporate leadership and citizenship. We are excited to welcome GE to Boston!”
About the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus creates musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate difference. The BGMC is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Founded in 1982, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III, the BGMC sings a wide spectrum of classical and popular music and creates social change by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. The Chorus is heard live by more than 10,000 people each season and thousands more through recording, television and internet broadcasts. In November, 2013, CBS-WBZ named The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus one of the “top five” choruses in the city of Boston. In June 2015 BGMC became the first gay chorus to tour the Middle East.
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is generously supported by Bank of America, JetBlue, IVF New England, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.