Gay men’s chorus to sing at inauguration event

A local gay men’s chorus has been invited to perform as part of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremonies next week, according to a statement from the group, and reported in the Washington Blade

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will perform during a pre-inauguration event Sunday that will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. Among the 800,000 attendees expected at the concert are Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden, the statement says.

Taunee Grant, a chorus spokesperson, said HBO, which will broadcast the performance live, tapped the group to sing at the concert.

According to a former member of the chorus they will be singing an arrangement of “America” (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) at the same event where The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, will give the invocation.

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