Two Country Stars Come Out As Gay

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Just as it has been a taboo to be gay in professional sports, the same can be said about the country music scene. That is why it was so important that not one, but two popular country singers came out as gay on the same day. First Ty Herndon came out on Thursday. Hours later, so did Billy Gilman.

Gilman, who is a certified country star with a double platinum album, made his announcement via YouTube.

He addressed Herndon’s move in the video, saying that he had made it easier for Gilman to make this video. While the country industry is fairly open to the gay and lesbian community, the fans are not quite as open-minded.

It’s a well-known fact that many of country music’s biggest audiences are in the Bible Belt and in down south states where gay rights are not as accepted. Lesbian country singer Chely Wright said that this announcement is a great step in the right direction.

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