A handful of activists with Gays Without Borders participated in the September 11 vigil outside the San Francisco Symphony's Davies Hall, before the orchestra performed gay Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. While the SF Symphony did not dedicate the performance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Russia, they did issue a statement championing support for LGBT folks everywhere.
Holding the rainbow flag and sign in Russian reading "Equality and Justice for All in Russia!", is Kim Makoi, left, a female-to-male transgender advocate and global queer activist. In the center is Bob Smith and I'm on the right.
Within moments after concluding, the audience let loose enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation soon followed. Tilson Thomas, left, and Bronfman, at the piano, took several well deserved bows.