I met country music artist Chely Wright in May 2011 at the Lives of Commitment Breakfast hosted by Auburn Theological Seminary in Manhattan. It was a wonderful event and Chely’s faith testimony was as powerful as it was empowering. As the first “out” lesbian country music recording artist, she’s taken a lot of abuse within her industry and within her Christian community.
Here she talks to Charlie Rose and Gayle King about her new documentary, “Wish Me Away,” which follows her coming out process, and that she grew up “a little gay girl on a farm in Kansas” where homosexuality was called “the devil” by everyone she knew.
Chely’s opened the LIKE ME® Lighthouse on Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri, a LGBT center that provides a broad array of services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.