Meet the outstanding men of MenAlive
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” --
Richard Triplett (Bass)
One of four children from a very independent family, Richard has taken a very pragmatic approach to his life. “I am who I am and I am not shy about it. I do not feel I need to broadcast my life to others, nor do I ever hide my orientation.” He keeps a Facebook page where his extended family and friends are able to glimpse his life without filters or masks. He sums up his philosophy by stating that the finest moment is yet to come in any circumstance.
Richard has neither been afraid to relocate when a good opportunity presented itself for personal or professional growth, nor has he allowed himself to be overwhelmed by the experiences he’s had. “During all of my adult life I had never lived in the same location for more than two years at a time until Orange County. This included various states over several sections of the country, various locations within those states, and included three, let's just say, relationships meant as educational experiences.” While employed in the banking and mortgage lending industry, he worked toward obtaining the Certified Mortgage Banker designation, a feat he lists as “the most respected and difficult designation available in my industry.” Due to this designation, his stature in the industry has enabled him to speak, write, and teach in many media.
Richard has found contentment through music and performing. Starting as a preschooler in a tiny suit and tie, he caught the performance bug and continued playing musical instruments and performing in marching bands, eventually adding musical theatre, choral singing, and conducting to his list of accomplishments. He sang with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus for 5 years, as well as the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, and arrived in the bass section of MenAlive in 2002.
Richard believes that the chorus “demonstrates an unparalleled image representing a slice of the community in a positive, professional manner,” and he cites an event with MenAlive as being one of his most touching. “For several years I dedicated a large portion of my time to MenAlive in a multitude of ways." During the rehearsal period for a concert in the summer of 2007, he had to tell chorus Artistic Director Rich Cook he was moving to Houston for work. “As a complete surprise to me, Rich in a very somber and emotional way announced to the chorus that I was leaving and moving to Houston. The reaction from the chorus, the complete and pure love I experienced in that spontaneous moment from the whole chorus was so incredibly emotional for me, it captured a piece of my heart forever. That moment in time -- that unabashed feeling of pure love -- will be with me for the rest of my life.”Welcome back, Richard.
Lt. Dan Choi (Bass)
A California native, Choi currently serves in the New York Army National Guard, although he makes Orange County his home. He is the son of a Baptist minister. Born in 1981, he has been in the armed forces all his adult life.
Dan Choi is man of great courage and conviction in his beliefs and morals. He is an inspiring warrior, fighting for our country and fighting against discrimination. And he is a treasured friend and great singer to the Chorus.
To help Choi, please visit Knights Out, the organization of out Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) West Point Alumni at http://knightsout.org/.
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