Connecting LGBTI* choirs all over Europe and supporting them organizationally is the main objective of LEGATO e.V. (Lesbians and Gays Singing Together), the initiator of Various Voices. LEGATO links 127 choirs and more than 4,100 singers together. 21 European countries are represented, and also choirs from Australia and New Zealand have joined the nonprofit organization, which is financed by membership fees only. GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) is to North America what LEGATO is to Europe. More than 190 choirs and 10,000 singers from all over the world are part of the GALA organization. LEGATO and GALA share the firm belief that music brings about societal change and that this will be most successful if as many like-minded people as possible come together to express their ideas.