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Chely Wright to Frank Ocean

Coming Out is Liberating

But Career-Damaging

7/4/2012 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Country star Chely Wright -- the first gay country singer to come out of the closet -- tells TMZ, she was moved to tears when she read Frank Ocean's declaration that he's gay (or bi), but she says freedom comes at high cost.
 
Chely says, "I can't think of a better way for Frank to celebrate Independence Day.  It's spectular."
 
But Chely also says she realizes many country and hip hop artists and fans have an intolerance toward gays, and it certainly has had an impact on her career.
 
She says her record sales have dropped to 1/3 of what they were before she revealed in 2010 that she's a lesbian. She also said that a number of venues have made her persona non grata, because they fear fans will boycott her performances.
 
Chely also notes that no other country star has come out of the closet since she did, but says both she and Frank are forging a path that will eventually allow people to live their lives openly and without shame.

So we gotta ask ...

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76.

Stratcat    

Lesbians are usually more accepted by the general public because 99% of heterosexual males are turned on by them. I guarantee if someone like Tim McGraw came out he would be shunned like a pregnant nun.

651 days ago
77.

tyler    

Chely's career was over prior to her coming out. I think she came out to put her name back in the media again and it failed.

651 days ago
78.

John    

There is a price, true enough; but there's also such a thing as INTEGRITY. Gay people work hard and contribute so much to the advancement of this society [doctors, lawyers, accountants, entertainers, athletes, politicians] and it has to be very difficult to put up with the hatred. There's a price, but I'm sure the integrity, the self-respect, the self-worth, is a greater INTRINSIC reward than the ex-trinsic rewards in some cases.

650 days ago
79.

Chris    

We should all go out and buy Chely Wright's CD for being a brave human being and support our supporters. Thanks Chely and Frank Ocean

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