On Friday night, the Richmond Men’s and Women’s Choruses performed for Governor Bob McDonnell at the Capitol’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. During his introduction, McDonnell referred to the group as the Richmond Boys and Girls Choir causing confusion to the chorus made up of mostly gay men and women.
On Friday night, we posted an e-mail we received from a member of the Richmond Women’s Chorus on the GayRVA.com Facebook page.
“The Richmond Men’s & Women’s mostly gay choruses sang for the governor this evening. He introduced us as the Richmond Boys & Girls Choir. Guess that’s how we got the gig.”
GayRVA followed up with Governor’s office this afternoon to find out what happened. Deputy Press Secretary Taylor Thornley says the oversight was an honest mistake by staff.
Photo credit: Governor’s office and Richmond Men’s Chorus.
“The reference to the wrong choir was a staff mistake,” Thornley says. ”The Governor was reading from talking points which were prepared for him by his staff, and those talking points were incorrect. He meant no disrespect of any type or kind. We sincerely apologize to the Choruses for this error and thank them for their gracious participation in the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.”
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