24 hours of song ... for a cause.

The Turtle Creek Chorale recently completed a 24-hour "sing-in" to raise awareness, and reach out to our Transgender siblings. It was an amazing, life-changing experience.

One of our members, Garrett Preussner, penned a wonderful post on the event. He captures the event much better than I ever could ...

"Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
could be left open,
the door of compassion."
-Thích Nhât Hanh

This weekend, the Turtle Creek Chorale was joined by our trans siblings and allies for a 24-hour sing-in. We did this, as our director Sean said, because we needed to make a small sacrifice to help us remember. A small sacrifice of sleep and time to remember our mission of love for ALL. We needed to ask how we can be better allies. We needed to take time to stop and listen to the voices of our trans family. And we did.

Lindsey, Christine, Katerick, and Abdullah, our new friends from the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, showed us what courage, joy, and love look like. They shared their stories, answered our questions, performed one David Bowie song after another, and showed us that "the church of trans love is such a holy place to be." 👩‍🎤👨‍🎤

In the early morning hours, when delirium was beginning to set in and our voices were getting hoarse, it occurred to me that what we were doing was a kind of meditation, a kind of prayer. While hateful mobs of bigots were assembling in other parts of the country, and despair was collecting momentum on social media, we were filling one small space in the world with beauty, peace, harmony, and laughter.

After this weekend, I'm reminded that every voice matters. Every single voice has the power to destroy or to heal. Never forget that your voice can be a balm to those who are suffering. Never forget that there are people DYING because there is silence while voices of hate get louder. Individual lives hang in the balance and ONE VOICE can make the difference between giving up or rekindling hope once again.

Make your voice heard for our siblings around the world: trans, lesbian, gay, Muslim, atheist, immigrant, black, brown, and all the beautiful shades and creeds and cultures of our planet.

One of my favorite moments of the weekend was when Denise Lee sang "I'll Stand By You." The world goes on in the face of horrors and injustice when we take a moment to say, with love, "I won't let nobody hurt you. I'll stand by you."

"Oh, why you look so sad, the tears are in your eyes,
Come on and come to me now, and don't be ashamed to cry,
Let me see you through, 'cause I've seen the dark side too.
When the night falls on you, you don't know what to do,
Nothing you confess could make me love you less,
I'll stand by you,
I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you,
I'll stand by you
So if you're mad, get mad, don't hold it all inside,
Come on and talk to me now.
Hey there, what you got to hide?
I get angry too, well, I'm alive like you.
When you're standing at the cross roads,
And don't know which path to choose,
Let me come along, 'cause even if you're wrong
I'll stand by you,
I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you,
I'll stand by you.
Baby, even to your darkest hour, and I'll never desert you,
I'll stand by you.
And when, when the night falls on you baby,
You're feeling all a lone, you're wandering on your own,
I'll stand by you.
I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you,
I'll stand by you, baby even to your darkest hour,
And I'll never desert you,
I'll stand by you,
I'll stand by you.
I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you,
I'll stand by you, baby even to your darkest hour,
And I'll never desert you
I'll stand by you."

Sean Baugh