San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Honors Governor and First Partner with Pelosi Ally Award

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) chose the occasion of their 18th annual Crescendo gala on May 4 to present Governor Newsom and the first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom with the Nancy Pelosi Ally Award. The award is bestowed annually by the Chorus to recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding support for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Greg Sarris was on hand to announce the first couple’s award. Other notable attendees that night were Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Mayor London Breed and Terrence D. Chan, who received the organization’s Visionary Award. 

Celebrants gathered at the Westin St. Francis Hotel for a fun-filled night of food, community–and of course, music. After dinner and a live auction, guests enjoyed a special performance from members of SFGMC, followed by an after-party and dancing with DJ Kidd. The annual Crescendo benefit supports SFGMC’s community outreach programs (RHYTHM), a national tour this summer, and their year-round concerts throughout the Bay Area and at their new home, The Chan National Queer Arts Center. Since its founding in 1978, the Gay Men’s Chorus has been an essential part of San Francisco’s vibrant and diverse arts scene, and the city’s cultural emissary at home, and across the US.