FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A group of about 15 men in Fargo-Moorhead have started a gay men’s chorus, and hope to pull off a holiday concert.

The chorus organized a few months ago and has been holding weekly rehearsals at a Fargo church. The Forum newspaper reports that the group hasn’t performed yet, but members say they’re open to performing at any church that will welcome them.

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The director of a gay chorus in Minnesota’s Twin Cities is mentoring Jon Landre, director of the Fargo-Moorhead chorus. He acknowledges that the Fargo region is more conservative than larger cities like Minneapolis and San Francisco, where the first gay men’s chorus started in 1978.

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He says members of the chorus just want to belong, and be part of the community.

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