The Boston Gay Men's Chorus, a 175-voice ensemble, creates social change and provides a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community through classical and popular music. Music Director, Reuben M. Reynolds III, joins Jenny Johnson.
The Boston Gay Men's Chorus is one of New England's largest and most successful community-based choruses. Founded in 1982, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III, the BGMC sings a wide spectrum of classical and popular music and creates social change by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. The Chorus is heard live by more than 10,000 people each season and thousands more through recording, television and internet broadcasts. In November 2013 CBS-WBZ named the Boston Gay Men's Chorus one of the "top 5" choruses in the city of Boston. In June 2015 BGMC became the first LGBT chorus to tour the Middle East.
The Boston Gay Men's Chorus creates musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate difference.
Hosted by: Jenny JohnsonProduced by: Greater Boston Newsmakers Team
New Hampshire's nonprofits work to make communities stronger. The New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits supports the growth and the leadership of the sector while providing a unified voice. Executive Director, Kathleen Reardon, explains the impact of nonprofits.
National Collaborative for Digital Equity Founder, Dr. Bob McLaughlin, explains what digital equity is and its impact on both schoolchildren who do not have broadband access or computers in their homes as well as adults who lack access to the internet.
Families in Transition-New Horizons is working on solutions to end homelessness in New Hampshire. Cathy Kuhn, FIT-NH Vice President of Research and Training talks about providing affordable housing and supportive services to individuals and families.
Many local fire departments have evolved as community needs shift from fire prevention to full service emergency management; including creating safe station programs to combat the opioid crisis to hazmat materials education. Manchester New Hampshire Fire Chief, Dan Goonan, explains.
One in five Boston children do not have access to the internet when they go home. Tech Goes Home breaks down barriers to low income families by providing affordable access and training needed for 21st century success for both children and parents.
Union Capital Boston, a community building program, rewards participants socially and financially for their involvement; allowing individuals to build resumes of volunteerism and activism, build relationships and connect them to resources and each other.
Many veterans come home from conflicts suffering from depression or PTSD; and too many find themselves without a home. Soldier On works with veterans to secure homes and mental health. Soldier On, CEO, Jack Downing, discusses the challenge on Newsmakers.
The term "Safe Schools" often refers to a facility that is free of violence, fighting and weapons. But a Safe School should also be a place that is free from discrimination. With Jabari Lyles from GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network). In discussing the issue, Lyles stated, "Bullying these days has become, unfortunately, something deadly. We know that many young people, over the past 10 years or so, have chosen to take their own lives because they feel like there's no way out in school. So just like keeping children save from weapons and drugs, we also have to keep them safe from discrimination, because it can harm them in a very similar way."
Visit GLSEN on the web at www.GLSEN.org or www.Facebook.com/GLSEN or follow at www.Twitter.com/GLSEN.
According to the International Labor Organization, 27 million people are involved in human trafficking. Laurel Bellows of the American Bar Association's Human Trafficking Task Force addresses this growing trend. To learn more, visit the American Bar Association on the web at www.ambar.org/trafficking
More than 20 million Americans cope with vision loss, and that number is growing due to baby boomers reaching retirement age and beyond and higher survival rates for premature babies, many with multiple disabilities. Paul Schroeder of American Foundation for the Blind discusses efforts to be sure that technology is accessible to this population.
Schroeder stated, "Vision loss...can be very tough and it is difficult for people to adjust to. Most people lose their site... as they are aging."
Visit American Foundation for the Blind at www.AFB.org.