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The MISSION of Fortissima is to: strive toward musical excellence, project a message of feminism, social justice and peace, broaden our repertoire and increase our musical skills, enjoy making music together. (Formerly known as Bread and Roses Feminist Singers)
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Feature Story - Published on: Apr 10, 2014
With a new album about to launch, Tom Goss hits the road to share his authentic truth
Feature Story - Published on: Aug 29, 2013
Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic has been performing and partying for gay rights practically since childhood
Music - Published on: Aug 15, 2013
Eric Himan sings sweetly, tearfully about his late grandmother
Feature Story - Published on: June 6, 2013
Icona Pop's Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo are ready to give and feel love at Capital Pride
Feature Story - Published on: Mar 28, 2013
Mika has taken inspiration from the Catholic Church, Cole Porter and being gay in developing his unique style of pop music
Feature Story - Published on: Sept 27, 2012
Patti LuPone isn't difficult. She's just the ultimate perfectionist, on and off the stage
Feature Story - Published on: July 26, 2012
From her start in D.C. to her support for LGBT issues, Mary Chapin Carpenter is not your typical country music star
Video - Published on: June 13, 2012
D.C.'s own hit maker returns to the stage to show her appreciation for the LGBT community
Video - Published on: June 12, 2012
Singer performs ''Dive in the Pool'' at Capital Pride
Video - Published on: June 11, 2012
Popular singer returns to DC for LGBT Pride Festival in front of the U.S. Capitol
Black Pride Guide - Published on: May 24, 2012
Former ''X Factor'' contestant Simone Battle offers her gay-positive tunes at DC Black Pride
Feature Story - Published on: Feb 2, 2012
Aiden James on his new album, and coming to Town Danceboutique Feb. 10
Feature Story - Published on: Jan 19, 2012
Witty onstage and cheerful in life, folk singer Cheryl Wheeler can offer both a song and an opinion with a smile
Video - Published on: Oct 3, 2011
Pop music legend visit DC to sing ''Time After Time'' and ''True Colors'' and answer questions
Video - Published on: Oct 3, 2011
Singer and YouTube sensation sings ''Purple Sky'' for LGBT event in DC
Video - Published on: Oct 3, 2011
Singer discusses his support for gay marriage at Human Rights Campaign's annual event
Video - Published on: June 23, 2011
Capital Pride Festival 2011
Video - Published on: June 17, 2011
2011 Capital Pride Festival
Video - Published on: June 17, 2011
2011 Capital Pride Festival
Video - Published on: June 7, 2011
Singer says GMCW one of her favorite choirs
Pride Guide - Published on: June 6, 2011
The folk-rock duo Mama's Black Sheep are looking forward to ''pickin' and a grinnin''' at Capital Pride
Pride Guide - Published on: June 6, 2011
International singer-songwriter Bettina Schelker plays for her biggest U.S. audience yet at Capital Pride
Feature Story - Published on: May 26, 2011
Vocal powerhouse Jennifer Holliday has struggled with depression, heartache and multiple sclerosis. Yet she's traveled her personal road with courage, conviction and the will to lift her spirit through the power of song
Business - Published on: May 5, 2011
Peter Fox found the path to making his music his business by focusing on developing his brand
Video - Published on: Oct 10, 2010
Midler presents Pink with HRC's Ally for Equality Award
Video - Published on: June 24, 2010
Inaya Day, complete with backup dancers, performs a robust rendition of the song ''Horny''
Video - Published on: June 23, 2010
Selected highlights from the Capital Pride Festival Mainstage, Sunday, June 13, 2010
Video - Published on: June 15, 2010
Chely Wright closes out Capital Pride with a special take on ''Single White Female''
Pride Guide - Published on: June 8, 2010
Known for her succession of club hits, Inaya Day prepares to make her Capital Pride debut.
Pride Guide - Published on: June 8, 2010
Michelle Raymond took to the guitar at an early age -- and her musical history has been moving forward ever since.
Pride Guide - Published on: June 8, 2010
Pride headliner and Nashville star Chely Wright may have made history by coming out but she'll always be ''a country singer from Kansas''
Feature Story - Published on: June 3, 2010
Melissa Etheridge on choosing love over fear, motherhood over mayhem
News - Published on: May 20, 2010
Capital Pride loses festival main stage headliner, citing medical reasons
Video - Published on: May 8, 2010
SMYAL, Michelle Raymond and Private Tails perform at DC's 2010 Youth Pride festival
News - Published on: May 7, 2010
Local singer to headline 2010 Capital Pride Festival
Music - Published on: Apr 29, 2010
Next Tuesday, the quirky Aussie singer-songwriter stops by to add to her collection of ''9:30 Club stories.''
Feature Story - Published on: Apr 8, 2010
Deborah Cox's passion for dance music is ingrained, as is a focus on empowering people through all kinds of music.
Video - Published on: Mar 20, 2010
The full live performance ''Who We Are'' by gay singer-songwriter Tom Goss at HRC's Thursday afternoon rally for the repeal of ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell.''
Feature Story - Published on: Feb 10, 2010
The popular musical duo doesn't fit anyone's stereotype of lesbian twins
Feature Story - Published on: Sept 3, 2009
The Pet Shop Boys have worked with everyone from Dusty Springfield to Liza Minnelli to Lady Gaga -- but never the Queen
Video - Published on: June 15, 2009
Video of singer and drag supermodel RuPaul takes the stage at DC's Pride Festival
Pride Guide - Published on: June 9, 2009
Melissa Ferrick will take the stage again this year at the Women's Pride Concert
Pride Guide - Published on: June 9, 2009
Martha Wash brings her big, booming voice to Capital Pride
Feature Story - Published on: May 21, 2009
Crystal Waters brings her playful, party sound to D.C. Black Pride, showing support for the community that nurtured her
Feature Story - Published on: Apr 2, 2009
Alt-rock legend Bob Mould talks about his music, his writing and the uncertainty of life
Clublife - Published on: Sept 11, 2008
Inaya Day brings her positive and upbeat messages to Apex
Feature Story - Published on: Aug 7, 2008
Leaving the seminary behind for a guitar, Tom Goss has built a fanatic following
Music - Published on: July 31, 2008
Janis Ian playing at the The Birchmere
Feature Story - Published on: July 10, 2008
Jay Brannan delivers musical angst, anger and affection
Feature Story - Published on: June 5, 2008
With her second True Colors Tour, Cyndi Lauper continues as pop's loudest color for gay rights
Pride Guide - Published on: June 5, 2008
Jason and deMarco make music for both spiritual and secular gays
Pride Guide - Published on: June 5, 2008
Brendan Velasquez could be a gay Justin Timberlake
Black Pride Guide - Published on: May 22, 2008
The American Idol brings the heat as this year's Black Pride headliner
Music - Published on: May 8, 2008
Eric Himan comes to town to promote his latest album
Music - Published on: Feb 7, 2008
Michelle Burleson takes music seriously (with tongue-in-cheek)
Black Pride Guide - Published on: May 24, 2007
Frenchie Davis will help select a D.C. Black Pride Idol
Black Pride Guide - Published on: May 24, 2007
Singer Monica brings her message of self-respect to Black Pride
Concert - Published on: May 10, 2007
Barbara Cook to perform at Whtiman-Walker's Spring Gala
Community Profile - Published on: May 12, 2005
A Community Profile
Concert - Published on: Mar 10, 2005
Sam Harris is special guest performer at Gay Men's Chorus of Washington's spring concert
Concert - Published on: Mar 3, 2005
Favorite jazz and blues singer to perform at Lesbian and Gay Chorus' benefit auction
Concert - Published on: Mar 20, 2003
Gay Men's Chorus concert has 1960s theme
Concert - Published on: Mar 13, 2003
Sam Harris
Concert - Published on: Dec 12, 2002
GMCW's concert: Seasons of Love
Feature Story - Published on: Nov 11, 1999
Singer Geri Halliwell discusses her pop star career with The Spice Girls, going solo, George Michael and the gay community