And many straight country singers recently performed at GLAAD and Ty Herndon’s Concert for Love and Acceptance, a pro-LGBTQ+ country music concert that follows the CMT Music Awards. All of these artists represent a growing voice in country music, one that's starting to overpower the more conservative voice of years past. Prior to that, only a handful of country singers and songwriters were open about being gay. Chely Wright was the first household country name to come out when she stepped out with Lauren Blitzer in May Historically speaking, country music hasn't been as accepting for the LGBT community, particularly among the ranks of its singers and songwriters, as most other formats. But the tide began to turn in recent years, led with the outstanding work of Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark (both accomplished songwriters and musicians).