The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington and Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus performed in Raleigh, North Carolina, on June 18, and drowned out some anti-gay preaching from protesters (or preachers) who opposed their message (video below).
The choruses were singing against the state's House Bill 2, also known as HB2, when protesters began quoting the Bible loudly, reported BuzzFeed News.
Elizabeth A. Breakey, a local resident, filmed with her cell phone as the choruses sang "Make Them Hear You" from the Broadway musical "Ragtime."
Breakey posted the video on her Facebook page and wrote:
As the choir began to sing, anti-gay protesters, about 30 feet away, started to scream out their hateful rhetoric, demanding the deaths of LGBT people in accordance with their God's laws. I've never heard such blatantly violent hate speech.
I was in tears. And yet, these brave men stood directly in front of them and performed with pride, courage and conviction a song that perfectly sums up the battle.
After such a horrible week, where anti-gay hate-speech and legislation created a monster who murdered 49 men and women, it's a beautiful thing to see people stand up with courage in front of those that would see them dead and sing with kindness in their heart.
As the lyrics in the song say:
"Your sword can be a sermon
Or the power of the pen.
Teach every child to raise his voice
And then, my brothers, then
Will justice be demanded
By ten million righteous men.
Make them hear you.
Make them hear you."
According to Broadway World, the song, written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is an anthem against oppression and injustice.
HB2 says that people must use the bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex, not their self-identified gender.
The controversial law was passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature earlier this year after the City of Charlotte approved an ordinance that allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identity.