October 30, 2020
Dr. Tim Seelig joins us to discuss his book, Tale of Two Tims, that documents his personal journey from the golden boy of the Baptist ministries, to being publicly outed and losing everything in his life, only to find a freedom in authenticity on the other side. This is one not to miss.
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Dr. Tim Seelig has lived two completely separate lives. During his first 35 years, he rose to lofty pinnacles of success as an opera singer as well as a Southern Baptist music minister. He performed on the great stages of the world. He was a University professor, father and husband. To his many admirers, everything seemed perfect.
Then, at the age of 35, his Jericho walls came tumblin’ down when he was outed to his family and church of 22,000 members. This was in the midst of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and he lost everything. He buried hundreds of friends and had to face his own positive diagnosis.
The subsequent 34 years have been spent building a new life as an LGBTQ and AIDS activist through music—music that soars through the likes of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Davies Symphony Hall during sold-out, transformative performances. His book describes his life as grand opera with a little Opryland thrown in along the way.
Dr. Seelig is now home at the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, where his Texas charm and caring ways have made him a favorite among chorus members and audiences alike.
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