Chely Wright was an absolute trailblazer when she revealed that she was gay in Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman revealed they were gay during a groundbreaking five-hour stretch in November Since then there have been relatively few comings out — instead, news of an artist's preference came organically, or as a footnote in a biography — until TJ Osborne did so on Wednesday Jan. That could be seen as a sign of progress, if it meant these artists were enjoying equal success on the radio or other platforms. That has not been the case — count a pair of Top 40 airplay hits as the only radio achievements among the 11 artists listed below, not counting successes earned prior to coming out.
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Chely Wright born Richell Rene Wright [a] ; October 25, is an American activist , author and country music artist. She initially rose to fame as a commercial country recording artist with several charting singles, including the number one hit, " Single White Female. She has since sold over 1,, copies and 10,, digital impressions to date in the United States. Raised in Kansas, Wright developed aspirations to become a country singer and songwriter. Yet, as a young child, she discovered her homosexuality and realized it conflicted with her Christian faith and her hopes of becoming a performer.
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Reading on mobile? Watch Patrick Haggerty talk about Lavender Country. As a genre, country can usually be relied on for certain staples, chief among them tears, beers, big hats and patriotic rabble-rousing. It is not a genre you'd expect to produce a gay-rights anthem called Cryin' These Cocksucking Tears , as Haggerty's track was titled. It kicks off with the words: "I'm fighting for when there won't be no straight men.
Over the last few years, however, there has been a growing presence of prominent and successful LGBTQ artists appearing on the scene. In addition, a strong group of allies within the entertainment community has stood up for LGBTQ equality within the profession. Marsha Stevens was shunned by her community when she divorced her husband and came out as lesbian. Singer Sid Spencer , a popular entertainer in the rodeo circuit in the United States during the s and s, and who included same-sex lyrics in his songs, succumbed to AIDS at an early age.