May 29, 2014

Library showcases 25 years of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus

COLUMBUS—June is National Pride Month and Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is proud to showcase the digitized archive of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) as part of its online image collection. The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus collection includes concert programs and photographs from 1990 to the present. CML’s image collection provides public access to tens of thousands of images, primary documents, maps and artifacts about Columbus, Ohio. There are almost 1,000 items in the CGMC collection to date.

“The world is a vastly different place now than it was 25 years ago,” says Angela O’Neal, manager of the Genealogy, History & Travel division at CML. “This collection reflects the proud musical history of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus set against its efforts to promote equality in central Ohio and beyond.”

“The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus is proud to be a part of this important project that remembers the past to forge a better future,” says CGMC executive director Patrick Roehrenbeck. “CGMC hopes to serve as an example for other organizations to memorialize their history for all to see.”

The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, which formed in 1990 and later this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, maintains the vision of its founding members to foster increased recognition, understanding and acceptance of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons. CGMC is a non-auditioned chorus open to all people regardless of vocal talent, musical abilities, race, gender, religion, age, physical abilities, sexual orientation or economic means. The members of CGMC are equally dedicated to performing vocal music of the highest quality for its audiences and to maintaining an atmosphere of camaraderie, support and respect for its diverse members. During each performance and public appearance, they seek to live their vision of “Voices Raised, Lives Changed.”

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Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.