Chely Wright, popular country singer/songwriter is the the Grand Marshal
of this year's Chicago 41st Annual Pride Parade on Sunday June 27 at 12
publicly that she is gay. This past month, she appeared on the Today
show, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen and in a People magazine story describing the
painful process of growing up in a small town knowing that she is
gay. Her journey led her to the point of contemplating suicide because
of societal prejudice and pressure.
Chicago Annual pride Parade.
Wright, who was born in 1970 in small Kansas town, loved music. After years of hard work in the music industry, she was named the Academy of Country Music "Top New Female Vocalist" in 1999. She now has seven albums under her belt and scored a number one hit, "Single White Female." (Other hits include "Shut Up and Drive" and "Jezebel.") She just released her new album, "Lifted Off the Ground" and her memoir, "Like Me" that describes her painful coming out process dealing with religious issues, among others.
mission is to educate the nation's public about harm caused to gay
Americans when certain church teachings are misused to justify and
promote hostile attitudes and actions toward LGBT Americans.
late May, Wright made her first appearance at an LGBT event, the "GLSEN
Respect Awards" GALA in New York City at Gotham Hall. The GLSEN ( Gay,
Lesbian and Straight Education Network) is a national organization that
works to ensure safe schools for all students regardless of sexual
orientation or gender identity expression. She has included information
about GLSEN in the linear notes of her new CD. Wright said that she was
drawn to GLSEN because she wants to do all that she can to help young
people grow up free from fear and free to be themselves.
her career she started her own organization titled "Reading, Writing
& Rhythm"; she has also entertained the troops in Iraq; and is now
making herself available for LGBT causes and events.