By Philip Cosores
Country music isn’t always known for being the most accepting of people with differing political opinions or sexual orientations, but that’s starting to change. This is something Billy Gilman knows and makes clear in a new video in which the country artist announces that he is gay.
“You know, it’s difficult for me to make this video not because I’m ashamed of being a gay male artist or a gay artist or a gay person,” Gilman said in the video. “But it’s pretty silly to know that I’m ashamed of doing this knowing that because I’m in an genre and industry that is ashamed of me for being me. That said, I want to say that all of the country artists that literally I grew up with – Keith Urban, Vince, Lee Ann Rhimes and all of these wonderful friends of mine have been nothing but supportive. Not that they knew but they’ve just been such wonderful people.”