In late 1998, three men from Greensboro who had been driving to the Triangle area every week to sing with the nearest gay men’s chorus decided to take a chance. Hoping that there would be enough interest in and support for a gay men’s chorus in the Triad, they advertised for singers. Over twenty men showed up in January 1999 from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and other area towns—all eager to join together in pride and in song. In June of that year the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus held its first concert.
Triad Pride Performing Arts consist of LGBTQ and their allies, who perform to entertain, enlighten, and enrich while promoting equality and social justice for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity–fostering pride, understanding, and acceptance. Active member of The Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (“GALA Choruses”), which is an international association of LGBT choruses founded in 1982.
In fall of 2016, the board of the men’s chorus decided to expand the outreach of the TPMC by establishing a sister chorus. The inaugural chorus membership was 21 women. Membership is open to LGGTQ+ women and their allies who sing alto and soprano. The Triad Pride Women’s Chorus held their first rehearsal in January 2017 and performed their first concert in June of that year. TPMC officially change the name of the non profit to Triad Pride Performing Arts on July, 1 2017 to support future growth of other groups.
TPPA continues to grow organizationally, enabling us to expand our mission of performing to entertain, enlighten, and enrich, while promoting equality and social justice for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity–fostering pride, understanding, and acceptance.