Which is Louder: Love or Hate?
On Saturday, June 19, 2016, the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus and the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington performed pop up concerts around Raleigh, North Carolina in protest of the recently passed House Bill 2, better known as HB2. Of course, with any protest, there are sure to be two sides of the spectrum. Along with the duo gay men's chorus, there were also anti-gay protesters nearby to ensure that their voices would be heard also.
In attendance was local Raleigh resident, Elizabeth Breakey, who took a video of the two forces coming together. In a mixture of love and hate, the gay men's chorus began to sing "Make Them Hear You" from the 1996 musical, "Ragtime." While they sang, the voices of the anti-gay protesters can be heard quoting scripture, likely from Leviticus.
Miss Breakey had her phone in hand and took an incredible video of the incident where the blend and combination of the two chorus' voices seem to drown out the speech just 30 feet away.
Miss Breakey described the moment on her Facebook page in the video description:
"This particular moment in Moore Square was one of the most amazing things I've experienced. As the choir began to sing, anti-gay protesters, about 30 feet away, started to scream out their hateful rhetoric, demanding the deaths of LGBT people in accordance with their God's laws. I've never heard such blatantly violent hate speech. I was in tears. And yet, these brave men stood directly in front of them and performed with pride, courage and conviction a song that perfectly sums up the battle.
After such a horrible week, where anti-gay hate-speech and legislation created a monster who murdered 49 men and women, it's a beautiful thing to see people stand up with courage in front of those that would see them dead and sing with kindness in their heart."
The video has already reached thousands of views and growing.