PGMC has been an integral part of changing the hearts and minds of Oregon citizens through performance and advocacy. Whether it was in Pendleton, Stayton, Astoria, Bend, or Grants Pass, PGMC’s community outreach concerts have not only reshaped opinions of the LGBT community – but has provided local community groups who work in Human Rights, HIV/AIDS, Hunger, Education or the Arts with critical funds to continue their valuable community outreach and education work. PGMC has travelled across the state – at no cost to the local community, with chorus members paying their own way – in fulfillment of PGMC’s vision and mission.
So much has changed since PGMC began back in 1980. Many of the social issues that confronted the LGBT community are quickly moving towards resolution. Who could have anticipated that fundamental rights associated with marriage, adoption, military service, and workplace discrimination would change the political and social landscape so quickly? While acknowledging that much progress has been made – we also acknowledge that much is left to do, not only here in the United States but also internationally.