Was Ty Herndon really brave? I say yes

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Ty Herndon and Chely Wright

So, Ty Herndon came out as a gay man this week. Some folks quickly applauded him for being so brave. Others said ya know, maybe he wasn’t so brave after all. I mean, he was already a star. He already had his hit songs. And there are already any number of other performers — singers, actors, etc. — who have come out. We already know you aren’t automatically killing your career by coming out.

Except that Ty Herndon is a country-western singer. That’s a little different. Sure, Chely Wright came out a few years ago, you might point out, and she’s a country-western singer. True. But how often have you seen her name at the top of the charts since she came out?

(C&W singer Billy Gilman came out Thursday, too, a few hours after Herndon, citing Herndon as his inspiration.)

I like country-western music. I always liked Chely Wright’s music, and I always liked Ty Herndon’s music. I hope that both of them see a resurgence in their careers soon, with LGBTs buying their music in a show of support if nothing else and with non-LGBT fans of C&W buying their music because it is just good music and the sexual orientation of the singers doesn’t make a damn bit of difference.

I’m LGBT and I am a C&W music fan. So I am gonna buy Ty Herndon’s new album for both reasons – to show support and because I like his new song, “Lies I Told Myself.” I like the video, below, too.

So here’s to you, Ty Herndon. You may not have been the first performer to come out, or even the first professional C&W singer. But I still think it took some courage. It always does, no matter who you are. I can’t say there won’t be some folks who condemn you for being gay, including some in our own tribe who might say you’re just looking for publicity. But count me among those who applaud you for being honest, who applaud you as a good entertainer, and who welcome you into the light.

(And by the way Chely Wright, if you’re listening, I’ll buy your new music, too.)

—  Tammye Nash

Welcome to the family Ty

In honor of Ty Herndon having come out, let me share this video of one of my favorites of his songs. We should all be living in the moment.

—  Tammye Nash

Country singer Ty Herndon comes out as gay

Country singer Ty Herndon came out as gay in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Watch a segment of the video below.

—  James Russell

Country music's Ty Herndon is back in the news…but not like that

Ty Herndon makes an appearance in a few minutes on channel 21′s Web site performing songs live for the channel’s Soundcheck. I’m not really sure why they are featuring him at a time no one will probably catch it. 2 p.m. guys? Really? UPDATE: That would be now.

But at least this appearance on the news isn’t like his infamous 1995 incident. He was arrested in Fort Worth at Gateway Park for allegedly soliciting sex from a male undercover cop. It didn’t help that he was also found  in possession of over two grams of methamphetamine. Ouch.

—  Rich Lopez