Apart from just about every man I meet in Brighton, I got asked to go carol singing by a guy I used to work with a couple of years ago. He came out as gay during his first year with the company – initially to me, while we were having a cigarette break.
So, when he asked me to go out and sing in a town many miles from the town I live in, I took the opportunity to state my position, and ask if that was acceptable to him.
He was totally fine about it – and when we met for the first time in 3 years, he was vociferous in enthusiasm about my look, and the rest of the choir were just as welcoming!
There were no altos, so, as a former choir leader and extremely long-term choral singer, I took that role, and we sang firstly in their office, and then in a shopping centre – and raised nearly £2k for charity.
I moved last Christmas, due to a nasty landlord evicting my family 2 weeks before Christmas last year (shortly after he’d seen me wandering around cross dressed, so I wonder if the 2 are linked), so I didn’t go singing then – and COVID-19 has stopped it this time around – let’s hope it can happen this year!