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It really empowers the teachers and educators who want to be there for an LGBT student, for a kid, any kid who is being bullied.
Even though she knew she was a lesbian, Chely occasionally dated men, including some of country music's biggest stars, such as Vince Gill and Brad Paisley.
I’m on the national board of GLSEN and I want to tell [the audience] something else.
We pay some of our speakers an honorarium for coming. Wright: Quite frankly, I had to go through a physical and emotional and spiritual fortification to prepare to come out publically.
I had an understanding that not only was I going to come out, I was going to come out as a gay woman and a proud Christian, which I am, and an advocate for young people so that a 14-year-old kid sitting alone in his bedroom was not going to feel alone [like I did]. Frankel: Since making her decision to come out, Chely has become a tireless advocate for LGBT causes and especially for LGBT youth.
The connection Diversity Inc had to bring her here is through GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
I did my best to try to find some other way to exist.
I tried to like boys the way the other girls in my class did.
I remember being in the high-school locker room and hearing girls talk about what a struggle it was to not go all the way with their boyfriends, and I was thinking, “Huh, it’s not so hard for me.” And then I went on to Nashville at a very young age, 18 years old, on May 12, 1989, and very much knew I was a lesbian.
I knew I couldn’t change it and at the time I was in love and I did have a long-time commitment with a partner, but at that time, the hiding was pulling us apart.
At age 4, I knew I wanted to be a country-music singer, and at age 9, I realized, holy crap, I’m gay.
The reason I say “holy crap” is because the messages I was getting non-linguistically, subtly, overtly, every message I got from my community, my church and my school was gay was not OK.