Love Beyond Borders 

Seattle Men's Chorus

Love and hope can’t be constrained behind closed borders but sometimes they need a helping hand. Dramatic and inspiring stories of escape are joined by pop sounds of LGBTQ artists from across the globe including Freddie Mercury, Ricky Martin and k.d. lang.

Featuring a world premiere commission inspired by the lives of many LGBTQ Muslims who settled in North America after years of seeking asylum. With music from Caldwell and Ivory, Hannah Fidler, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, and Bonnie McKee, songwriter for pop music’s biggest stars, including Katy Perry and Britney Spears.

The commission spotlights Seattle’s pivotal role in the LGBTQ underground railroad. Ultimately our community’s efforts brought more than a dozen people from Middle Eastern countries into Seattle and on to safe havens in parts of Europe and North America. Among the Muslim LGBTQ refugees are Nayeff and Btoo, currently married and living in Seattle. They are featured in the 2016 documentary Out of Iraq. See where they are now.

Benaroya Hall

Friday, March 20 - 8:00 pm*
Saturday, March 21 - 2:00 pm

*with certified ASL interpretation

Creative Collaborator

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Meet the Inspiration

These two Iraqi men, Nayyef and Btoo, spent years apart during their struggle to make it to the safety of North America. They now live in Seattle where they are able to love freely. 

The couple was reunited with the help of Seattleite Michael Failla, an ordinary citizen who does extraordinary work with refugees.