Chely Wright is married a year after revealing she's a lesbian
Chely Wright has married girlfriend Lauren Blitzer just a little over a year after the country music star came out about being a lesbian and revealed just how painful that confession was in the world of country music.
Wright, who has posted wedding photos on Twitter of herself and Blitzer in white gowns, announced to the world in May 2010 that she was a lesbian.
"Country music would rather an artist be a drunk -- they even encourage and endorse that one," Wright said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times' Geoff Boucher shortly after she came out.
"You get good money from Jim Beam to put that emblem on the side of your bus. I was on the Crown Royal tour, and I have to say it was one of my favorite tours. They would rather you were a drug addict than be gay. They will forgive you if you beat your wife, lose your kids to state, get six divorces, make a sex tape, get labeled as a tramp — any and all of it is better than being gay."
After the honeymoon, Wright will see how the latest turn in her personal life has affected her career.
In an interview earlier this year with the blog Autostraddle, Wright said coming out "didn't help my career."
A January article in the Tennessean said that Wright’s sales were down about two-thirds from her last studio album and noted that she had shifted her focus from country music to Americana.
But Saturday was a day of celebration for the 40-year-old singer and Blitzer, 30, an LGBT activist. The couple married at the home of Blitzer’s aunt in Connecticut.
On Sunday, Wright's Twitter account was filled with congratulations from fans:
"Congratulations on your big day tomorrow! Wishing you a long and joyful life together. (@MaddiesCorner)”
"congrats lady!!!! Wishing you and your love so much happiness! (from @AudraEqualityMc)”
A comment she made last year is fitting given this weekend's celebration: "I feel like I'm floating," Wright said after coming out. "It's like my friends who are in the know, which are not many, and my family members who know, which isn't all of them, are lifting me up to get through this."
-- Amy Hubbard
Photo: Chely Wright. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times