The Letters Project
Let's raise our voices together in Letters for LGBTQ+ Youth and their families
Coro Allegro, Boston's LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus, is raising our voices with community partners like the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY) and the Mass Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) to counter over 300 state bills filed this year to erode protections for transgender and queer youth or restrict discussion of LGBTQ topics in public schools.
Letters to Our Children: Voices across Generations for LGBTQ+ Youth
Inspired by moving open letters to LGBTQ+ youth by advocates Mimi Lemay and Sam Brinton, we are gathering and sharing letters from the LGBTQ+ community and allies to support queer youth and their families with the power of our collective voices.
Open tetters to a transgender boy and a survivor of conversion therapy:
On Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 7pm, Coro Allegro will premiere HERE I AM: I AM HERE, a new work by composer Andrea Clearfield, based on Mimi and Sam's letters. Mimi wrote to her then 5-year-old transgender son about her path to understanding and affirming who he always had been. Sam spoke to the memory of their own 12-year-old self, struggling to survive conversion therapy, to thank them, to say “there is nothing to change,” and to let them know they are loved for exactly who they are.
Add your own open letter for LGBTQ+ Youth to the Letters Project
We invite you to leave a message of encouragement, affirmation, or support for LGBTQ+ youth. Let's make a chorus of voices to rise above the silencing messages that queer youth and families with transgender children are hearing in Florida, Texas and across the country.
What's at stake —why we can make an impact by speaking out:
Research from the Trevor Project shows that LGBTQ+ youth are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers, but that the presence of affirming voices can have a huge impact for LGBTQ+ youth at risk, reducing suicide ideation by over 40%.
What happens to our letters:
Coro Allegro, BAGLY, and our partners may republish excerpts or links to full letters submitted to the Letters Project via our social media, websites, and exhibits at concerts and workshops. Tell us if we may publish your name, pronouns, and other info with your excerpt, or if you prefer your letter to be anonymous.
Form and length:
Your letter can be in text, image, or video form — that's up to you!. You can type short messages right on the form provided, or upload longer letters, instagram images (1080 x1080 pixels, 1:1 ratio), or short video messages of less than 30 seconds.
Want ideas for what to write?
Your letter can be long or short and sweet. All that matters is we are standing up and speaking out for each other. Say Gay! Write an open letter to someone you know to celebrate who they are, to a stranger to let them know that you stand with them, to a future child to share your dreams and commitments for them, or to your past self to say thank you, and offer things you now understand. Writing a letter is an opportunity to pause, reflect, and share that can bring both reader and writer healing and empowerment. Thank you for adding your voice!
Join us for the concert:
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Coro Allegro, Boston's LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director presents Letters to Our Children: Voices across Generations for LGBTQ+ Youth, Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 7pm at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St. in Boston's Copley Square. Featuring the world premiere of Andrea Clearfield's Here I Am: I Am Here, with Mimi Lemay and Sam Brinton, narrators, Sonja DuToit-Tengblad, soprano, Jonas Budris, tenor, the Arneis Quartet, and Yulia Yun, piano. Learn more
Partners for the Letters Project