County music artists Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman both came out as gay. This is significant because country music, much like sports, is one of the last frontiers for having an openly gay male person within it’s ranks. It’s, also, much more significant because country news is actually reporting on it. Gilman’s and Herdon’s announcement both made the homepage of Country Weekly (see below).
Rather than not report it all, or just leave it to the gay press to cover, both men get a front page post. This is significant because it shows that country as a genre isn’t afraid to shy away from this kind of news, as it would have in the past. It shows that country music is willing to take some steps forward toward at least making this announcement newsworthy. Granted, it’s an itty-bitty baby step, but that itty-bitty baby step is toward the direction of the time that will come when country news and country music will be really supportive of their own gay artists.
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