posted at 17:50
Author Name: Shaun Tandon
Gay singers test country musics appeal
Soon after the article appeared, another major name in country music said he was inspired by Herndon to come out - Billy Gilman, who first entered the country charts in 2000 at age 11. "Being a gay male country artist is not the best thing," Gilman said of the Nashville-based industry. Country music is not uniform and Dolly Parton, one of biggest names in Nashville, has an avid gay following that she has embraced. Two female country stars, Chely Wright and k.d. lang, are both out of the closet, although they have pursued careers out of the Nashville mainstream. The country industry's struggles with gay acceptance have also featured prominently on the television soap opera "Nashville," in which one of the main characters is gay, but remains in the closet and even marries a rising female star as he tries to maintain his heartthrob image with women. Frank Ocean came out in 2012, and received words of support from the genre's titans such as Jay Z. Gilman said that he has received encouragement from fellow country stars. Country music's popularity has grown rapidly in recent years, with country stars repeatedly topping the mainstream Billboard charts. Country decision-makers are close-knit and see their key audience as 30- 35-year-old women, said Joseph Brant, managing digital editor of Out & About Nashville, a monthly newspaper aimed at the LGBT community.

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