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Introduction
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The creative arts classroom, in particular the music classroom, by its very nature can allow the student to learn, create, and explore in a unique and often un-traditional manner. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (LGBTQQ) students and those from other marginalized groups may struggle with feeling safe in any classroom, especially one that encourages creative activity. Awareness and use of appropriate terminology, understanding the cultural history of the LGBTQQ community, and introducing students to LGBTQQ role models and their music are all ways to make students with gender identity/expression and/or sexual orientation issues feel welcome in the music classroom. The international Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) is the governing organization for the LGBTQQ Choral movement. In response to the growing need for specific information regarding the formation of LGBTQQ youth choruses, the New Initiatives Committee of GALA Chorus, Inc. set out to gather information from community youth choruses throughout the world.