Last night, it was announced that country music artist Chely Wright, who came out earlier this month, will make an appearance at the GLSEN Respect Awards in New York. This will be Wright’s first public event at an LGBT function. Her newest CD lists GLSEN in her liner notes, so clearly, she’s a supporter. The awards happen May 24 and will honor Cyndi Lauper, Pfizer, American Express, David Dechman and Michel Mercure, and Student Advocate of the Year Danielle Smith.

“I am thrilled to support such a wonderful organization,” Wright said in the press release. “I was immediately drawn to GLSEN because I want to do all that I can to help young people grow up free from fear and free to be themselves. GLSEN’s work to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students are valued and respected in schools is a crucial part of building a better future.”

Seeing how many of us here won’t be making that event, you can also catch her today on Oprah. She talks about her coming out and regrets of pursuing her relationship with fellow country star, Brad Paisley. That’s gotta be a big ouch. I think it’s funny though, how Oprah’s site describes Wright’s bit this way.

Chely Wright rose to the top of the music charts. Now, she’s risking it all by telling the world she’s a lesbian.

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