Cork choir launch single in aid of marriage equality awareness

By Steve Neville

Cork’s Choral Con Fusion LGBTS Choir have released the video for their debut single with the aim to raise funds and awareness for the marriage referendum's yes campaign.

The video for the single, "We Love the Same", was directed by Shane Cronin and was released yesterday.

Formed in 2010, Choral Con Fusion is an all inclusive choral group consisting of 40 members coming from all walks of life.

Speaking at the launch, choir member Tina O'Toole said "This choir has forty members from seven countries and all parts of this island; we speak eight languages, we are of different ages, ethnicities, and class backgrounds.

"This Cork, that fosters an openly LGBTS choir, has emerged from a long tradition of community activism across a range of social movements for equality."

One of the groups straight members, Cliona Kenny, spoke of how she feels it's wrong how she can marry and her fellow members can't.

"I was born with the right to marry and to be an automatic guardian of any children I may bear but I stand next to two ladies in the soprano section that do not share those rights and that is wrong."

"For me it's neither a gender issue nor an issue of sexual orientation, it's a human rights issue."

The launch of the video for the groups debut single is the latest milestone in what has been a good year for Choral Con Fusion.

In March at the 2015 GALA Awards, Choral Con Fusion claimed the Entertainer of the Year award beating off competition from the likes of Hozier, Graham Norton and Colin Farrell.

The single was composed by Karl Fradgley and can be downloaded now on iTunes. To find out more about Choral Con Fusion visit their website, choralconfusion.com

Via Irish Examiner

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