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Letter: Sugarland’s Kristen Hall also ‘out of the country closet’

Sugarland’s Kristen Hall also ‘out of the country closet’

To the Editors:

I was surprised to see your article on Chely Wright titled “The road to country’s first openly gay star” (June 11) which questioned “if kd lang should count?”  The answer is neither was the first openly gay country music star!

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The road to country music’s first openly gay star

Some may argue that Chely Wright isn’t technically the first major country singer to come out as gay.

Butch crooner kd lang had three country albums under her belt — along with the 1989 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance — before she discussed being a lesbian in a 1992 interview with The Advocate.

But it’s difficult to consider lang the first mainstream country artist to come out because she was never really “in” — neither in the closet nor accepted in the Nashville-centered world of country music.

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New print edition hits stands on today

Country music’s evolution from redneck to rainbow, Pride celebrations around Georgia, gay baiting in the governor’s race — all this and more in the June 11 issue.