It's all about impact ...
This is why I do what I do.
Stuart Perez is one of the bravest NYCGMC members I know. I met him for the first time in 2009, when he joined NYCGMC. We were preparing our show about crystal meth addiction, and I knew this had been an issue for him. At the time 1/3 of new HIV infections in New York CIty were coming from gay men using meth.
He was generous enough to share his experience with me many times during the show's development, as I tried to get inside the world of meth. Key to our show, he was also brave enough to share with our singers during the show rehearsals, and with the audience during the show itself.
7 years on, I see this Facebook post today. I am so grateful for his kind words about me personally. As you can see from the photo below (used with permission), he is now thriving and our Chorus was clearly (and literally) a life-saver for him. You never know when singing can make a difference!