Out country singer Chely Wright calls on fellow country stars to support LGBT rights
Country singer, Chely Wright, has spoken out about laws which discriminate against the LGBTI community and has encouraged fellow country artists to do the same.
Wright appeared on CNN this week and said that while some country music singers were ready to express their support for LGBTI issues, others were hesitant due fear of their fans’ reactions.
"It's scary as a county music artist,” Wright said. “It's scary because you know that by and large our fanbase—the bedrock of their lives is faith family and country."
"There are a few that I know are on the precipice of saying something. I think they feel uncertain, they don't know exactly what to say, they don't know what the reaction will be."
Wright said country artists need to get on board to support the issues to help implement change:
"But change—what we need in 2016, is for them to absolutely 100 percent affirm the LGBT community and condemn these very bigoted laws," she explained.
Wright who has also been outspoken about trans issues said:
"A lot of my peers in country music may not think they know a trans person. I know they know a gay person. I know many of them have gays and lesbians who work for them and they love them but we need them now to take that very courageous step to affirm.”