San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Kansas City chorus make World Series wager 

click to enlarge San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus director Tim Seelig throws down a challenge to the Heartland Men's Chorus in a YouTube video posted Monday. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus director Tim Seelig throws down a challenge to the Heartland Men's Chorus in a YouTube video posted Monday.

Kansas City, San Francisco accepts your challenge. Not just between baseball teams, but between gay men's choruses.

The Heartland Men's Chorus threw down the gauntlet Monday morning, with director Dustin Cates making a wager: if the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, he'd don a Giants jersey during a chorus rehearsal. If the Giants somehow lost to a team that hasn't seen a World Series since the Reagan administration, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus director Tim Seelig would have to sport a Royalettes jersey.

The SFGMC took that bet and made it a little more interesting.

"We felt very comfortable upping the ante," Seelig says.

The SFGMC's website says in addition to a Royalettes shirt, Seelig would "even wear on of those little crown things that looks like a car air freshener gone wrong," a swipe at KC's logo.

The SFGMC has offered to send the Heartland chorus some See's Candies ("a San Francisco treat and chorus sponsor") and sing "whichever Kansas City 'theme song' you can scrounge up, if there is one."

Having formed in 1978, "we're the grandaddies" of LGBT choruses in the U.S., Seelig noted. "It's not surprising that some upstart chorus off in the hinterlands would challenge us!"

But it's all in good fun for the SFGMC and the Hinterland ... correction, Heartland Men's Chorus.

"They're amazing," says Seelig, who guest-conducted their production of "I Am Harvey Milk" in the spring.

The SFGMC and Giants also go way, way back. The chorus has sung at several LGBT pride nights at AT&T Park, and in 2011, member Sean Chapin's online petition inspired the Giants to become the first pro sports team to record an "It Gets Better" video.

"That's something we're very proud of," Seelig says about the clip, which featured pitchers Barry Zito, Matt Cain and Sergio Romo speaking in support of LGBT youths.

The chorus has one question for the boys in orange and black: Do you need somebody to sing the National Anthem during the World Series?

"We're waiting by the phone for the Giants to call," Seelig says.

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Giselle Velazquez

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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