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A Brief History of the Southwest Florida Gay and Lesbian Chorus

The Southwest Florida Gay and Lesbian Chorus was formed in 1993, at the initiative of Doug Gathers and a small group of founders. They collaborated with Stephen Brittain, who agreed to become the first director, despite the problems that would undeniably come with his "coming out" publicly.

The SWFGLC Inc is a member of GALA Choruses. GALA was formed in 1982 as a not-for-profit organization whose mission was and is to support LGBTQ choruses and to change our world through song. Every four years, GALA organizes a "FESTIVAL" in which Gala Choruses from across the world, gather for a week of music, workshops, and reaffirming our vision of the future.