Monday, May 10, 2010
Chely Talks Gay
Last Week Chely Wright bust down the closet doors, and turned the country music industry upside down. Now she is opening up more about her decision to let people know about her sexual orientation. "We obviously have country-music fans who are gay. But what we will as an industry allow our fans to choose from is different. Country music seems to be the place you can go if you want to stay away from the gays. It's a 'safe' zone. You don't have to talk about it, see the gays, touch them, smell them. It's like you're running a restaurant and you only offer three things in the menu. That's all you offer. I imagine there will be gays who Google me: 'She stood up and gave me a voice.' It would've been so awesome to have been the fifth gay country singer—I could've just tweeted it. I had to tell my story completely and comprehensively. My coming out is no different than a junior-high math teacher. I have to share my voice because I have public capital."
She also says that she wanted to go through this journey single, so that there wouldn't be any more lies, and she wouldn't put anyone else in an awkward situation "I'm single. I made a promise to myself through this pilgrimage to be single. I didn't want anybody to lie for me again. I didn't think it was fair, to get in a relationship and ask her to. Who wants to be alone? Not me. I want to be a whole person."