The Mexican Gay Men's Chorus was recently detained Homeland Security at the William P Hobby Airport in Houston. On Sunday, the group of 52 men was traveling to Los Angeles to perform with the LA Gay Men's Chorus.
According to PinkNews, the group was stopped when one of their members, a university professor named Jorge Guitierrez was pulled aside. He was questioned to determine if he was the same Jorge Guiterrez that stole a truck. And after finding sheet music in some of their luggage, a member of security suspected they might be entering as illegal paid performers with tourist visas.
Security then called Jonathan Weedman, executive director of the LA Gay Men's Chorus, to find out if they were being paid for their performance. Weedman was told the group might be deported, but he informed them of the nature of the concert, and that deporting them would be "an international incident."
After 13 minutes on the phone with Weedman, the group was released. Although he wasn't surprised by the situation, Weedman believes they were racially profiled and "singled out."