Chely Wright: Which Country Stars Supported Her Decision to Come Out?

BY Jeremy Kinser

March 21 2012 10:08 PM ET

Musician Chely Wright says when she came out as lesbian two years ago only three of her fellow country performers showed their support publicly, reports Huffington Post.

Wright tells SiriusXM host Michelangelo Signorile that many of her fellow country music entertainers that she considers her friends didn't have the courage to express their support for her. "The only ones who supported me publicly are Mary Chapin Carpenter, Leann Rimes and SHeDAISY," Wright says.

Wright came out publicly in 2010 and says that despite some death
threats and hate mail from conservative fans who couldn't accept her
sexual orientation, response was "really positive." She also reveals that no male country performers offered her encouragement, but a few females expressed support, though not publicly. "Privately — Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and Naomi Judd," Wright tells Signorile. "I think some of the artists really have a fundamental belief that there's something wrong with me," she adds. "But I think most of the artists don't want their fans to know that they're supportive of me because they don't want to lose a record sale.

Earlier this month Wright launched The Lighthouse, a community center for LGBT people, their families, and friends in Kansas City, Mo.

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