One of the most universal aspects of being LGBT is coming out.
Everyone in the gay community has to decide whether to come out, when to come out and who to come out to. These decisions are made not just once, but confronted over and again every day and as we meet new people in new situations.
The year after the Pink Singers were formed, Britain got its first openly gay MP:
‘My name is Chris Smith. I’m the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, and I’m gay.’
Fairy tales and horror stories
As an ‘out’ choir, the Pink Singers is a place where you don’t need to come out to other members and this is something members have often said they value.
But some Pink Singers have used the choir as a way of coming out to their wider friends and family. Some have invited their parents and friends to our concerts, others have posted one of our choir CDs home. After all, who could be cross that their child has joined a choir?
Coming out stories range from the tragic to the absurd. Through the videos below, you can uncover some of ours, but we would love to know yours (if you have one). If you came out through the medium of baking, singing or simply by talking to people sensibly, tell us your coming out story by leaving a comment on this page.