North DakotaA group of about 15 gay men have formed the Fargo-Moorhead Gay Men’s chorus over the past several months, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports.

Jon Landre will direct the chorus. He’s being mentored by the director of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, which has been in existence since 1980.

Gay men living in the Fargo-Moorhead area say the chorus will serve as an important social outlet in a very conservative part of the Upper Midwest.

The chorus hasn’t yet performed in public though shows are planned in the new year.

The chorus in Fargo will be a first for North Dakota. Almost every state has a gay men’s chorus except Mississippi, Arkansas, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.

The addition of the chorus also comes as North Dakota communities make further strides toward equality for LGBT North Dakotans.

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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