Hot on the heels of Ricky Martin's coming out being relatively uneventful, People magazine and the internet have been buzzing for the past week about another big time celebrity coming out on May 5th.
According to the internet tonight, that super famous homo is.... drum roll please... Chely Wright!
Okay, not a big big star. It's not like, to choose someone totally randomly, say, Anderson Cooper came flying out the closet.
Unlike most of you, I have heard of Chely Wright. She is an award winning, platinum selling country singer, whose biggest hit was Single White Female about a decade ago. My personal favourite is Jezebel with its black-and-white voodoo-themed video.
The woman has pipes and spunk and style. I have always liked her.
Why is this a big deal? People coming out is a good thing, as I believe many people think they don't like gay people because they don't know gay people so we seem alien to them; a celebrity coming out means their fans and media watchers will "know" someone gay.
And especially in the conservative world of country music, this is terrific news --- Wright is the first major country star to come out.
Look for lots of media on this on Tuesday, when Wright officially comes out in People. And, by sheer coincidence, her new album and her autobiography come out the same day. Yeah, I know, seems like she is trying to sell her wares with coming out, and there may be some truth to that. Still, this is all about the truth, and that is a good thing. I am curious to read the book and hear the album, and to hear what red-state homo-hating right-wing freakazoids say about this one...