Chely Wright – Contagious Courage!

Chely Wright’s courage is contagious!  Today she came out as a lesbian.  This County and Western star is gutsy!  Her voice of truth will inspire and give courage to millions.  The journey to becoming fully human is one that she embraces.

On Sunday night, members of her family and a small group of friends gathered in New York to celebrate and surround her with love.   We all knew that Chely’s decision to speak her truth was a risky one.  Never before has a female Country and Western singer publicly acknowledged her sexuality.  Some wondered whether she’d ever be invited back to sing at the Grand Old Opry, Country and Western’s revered temple of music.

chely wright

Chely Wright

A luminous spirit radiates from Chely Wright.  Her music, like her life, is filled with hope.  No wonder she was the first artist to go to Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein to sing for and encourage the troops.  Her Reading, Writing and Rhythm Foundation in Nashville works to encourage music education in public schools.  In the same way that her life and work gives hope and voice to others, her coming out is a lifeline of hope and life-giving spirit to those who want an authentic life.

We love celebrities.   We’re used to the imperfections of their lives picked over by the media.  Extra-marital affairs, sexting, substance abuse and ugly family dramas are the diet we’re used to being fed about them.

Chely Wright & Robert V. Taylor

Chely Wirght & Robert V. Taylor

Chely is a celebrity whose truth-telling invites people to think about living a life of integrity.  She has claimed the truth that she is loved by God and herself for exactly who she is.  In addition to her music, she has learned to trust her own voice of who she is as a person.  That is a courageous step on the path of any person becoming fully human, fully alive.

My brother-in-law and his friends are millennial country and western fans in a farming community.  They break the nasty stereotypes of Country and Western fans being bigoted rednecks.  Most of his generation thinks that the obsession with sexuality in some quarters is an “old persons” issue.  My guess is that most of these Millenials, far from scorning Chely Wright, will admire her for being real, truthful and authentic.

Her love of God, self, country and others suddenly became even more real!  That’s a life being lived well.  It is an invitation to have the same integrity about who we are as individuals.  Kudos to Chely Wright for her faith, hope, trust and love – in herself, God and her fans!

It is contagious courage – even the Grand Old Opry will surely continue to honor one of its own?

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Read Chely’s memoir Like Me and enjoy her new CD Broken

Robert V. Taylor – Learning to Say Yes to Your Own Life!

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8 Comments

  1. Robert:

    It was such a pleasure seeing you on Sunday in NYC. The experience was truly a blessing for all participants.

    Warmest wishes,

    WK

  2. Likewise! The raidant light and centeredness of Chely is a gift of hope to millions!

  3. Kevin Judkins

    Enjoying Chely’s new album right now! She is handling her coming out so beautifully. I have no doubt she will gain even more fans and admirers, Gay and Straight!

  4. Brava, Chely!! You’ve done what all great artists do: act on the courage to listen to & follow your innermost self, and then share it with the world. That’s no small thing! It’s why we artists are here, to express courage others often can’t speak or find, and often deny, within themselves to honor who they truly are. We lead the way. There are infinitely more gifts in life outside the ‘safety zone’ than inside, and your world will just keep blossoming as you honor the ever expanding beauty of your uniqueness. I love your music & am so glad Robert got to attend your great event and is part of your adventure. Rock da’ world, Chely!

  5. After many hours of trying to filter through the censorship of my current residence in a country that makes internet access very difficult to be able to post my comment, I am thrilled to say, how powerful it is to live a life with integrity. Our sexuality does not define us, our humanity does. Truly Kudos to Chely! Can’t wait to get the new album.

  6. Robert,

    Thank you for sharing Chely’s story and for some keen observations about her coming out. Truly, this wasn’t about creating news or about needing attention. She did what lined up with her morality and her need for authenticity. She let the world know who she is and what she stands for! I saw her on television being interviewed a few days ago and was just so impressed and thankful for her courage and wisdom. Examples like Chely’s are what will break down walls, increase respect for LGBTQ folks and help society mend.

    Thank you again, Robert for posting!

    Mark

  7. Mark CochranRobert,Thank you for sharing Chely’s story and for some keen obanovstires about her coming out. Truly, this wasn’t about creating news or about needing attention. She did what lined up with her morality and her need for authenticity. She let the world know who she is and what she stands for! I saw her on television being interviewed a few days ago and was just so impressed and thankful for her courage and wisdom. Examples like Chely’s are what will break down walls, increase respect for LGBTQ folks and help society mend. Thank you again, Robert for posting!Mark

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