After Orlando shooting, first openly gay country music star shares horrifying message she received

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The first openly lesbian country music star has come forward to reveal a sobering incident that occurred to her as the country deals with the murderous terror attack on an Orlando gay bar.

When she hit the country music scene in 1995 it didn’t take long for Chely Wright to become a star. That year she was named “Top New Female Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music. But by 2010 she made other news by admitting to being a lesbian, making her the first openly gay country music star in history.

The singer, who recently married girlfriend Lauren Blitzer and had twin boys, noted that being forthright with fans about her sexuality is not always a safe move.

And during a recent interview in the aftermath of the terror attack in Orlando, Wright related how some people just let their hate rule them.

During her interview with Nashville’s WSMV TV, Wright revealed a harrowing story of her own brush with hate.

“I could be really cavalier and say what a lot of my LGBT brothers and sisters are saying, that we won’t be shoved back into the closet and we won’t be afraid and love wins. I know that’s the right thing to say as far as the advocacy movement goes but in this case love didn’t win,” she told the TV news.

The singer went on to tell the reporters of an incident she had with a hate-filled man who threatened her life.

One guy in particular made it his mission to let me know he wanted to kill me and commit suicide. He wanted to take his life as well because he wanted to be the one to take me to see God so he could help explain how sorry I was to God.


Wright has also accused the country music scene in Nashville of “quietly rejecting” her since she came out as gay six years ago. As she told CBS News, she feels this rejection in part because her invitations to country music events seem to have stopped coming in.

And as notes, Wright may have a point as it seems that instead of relying on music industry sources, she is turning to the crowd sourced fundraising platform Kickstarter to raise the money for her next album.

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