Kacey Musgraves praises gay community, shuns ‘archaic’ views in new blog

1:00 p.m Thursday, June 1, 2017 Music
Kacey Musgraves performs on the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 2. 10/02/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Fans of country singer Kacey Musgraves are well aware of her support of the LGBTQ community. Her song “Follow Your Arrow” from 2013’s “Same Trailer Different Park” perfectly sums up her “love who you love and do what you want” ethos:

“Kiss lots of boys/Or kiss lots of girls/If that's something you're into/When the straight and narrow/Gets a little too straight/Roll up the joint, or don't/Just follow your arrow, wherever it points.”

This June, for Gay Pride Month, Musgraves wrote a blog on Billboard Magazine’s website about why the LGBTQ community is so important to her. The magazine also published several other blogs from artists and celebrities like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Elton John, RuPaul and Selena Gomez.

In her blog, Musgraves talks about how growing up in Golden, Texas, she didn’t know a lot of gay people until she moved away from home:

“Directly out of high school, one of my best friends at the time came out to me one night. Through his long pauses and deep breaths I knew it was something that was very hard for him to say -- especially considering the homophobic words he heard daily by his own father.”

She also acknowledges that while she loves her Texas upbringing, much of her hometown’s stance on homosexuality is “archaic”:

“Growing up in rural East Texas I can count on on only a few fingers the amount of interactions I had with anyone gay throughout my entire childhood and most of which was clouded by closed-minded viewpoints and sneers. I love where I came from but the stance on homosexuality is unfortunately still pretty archaic and behind the facts.”

She goes on to write that once she began hanging out in gay clubs in Nashville, she felt she needed to incorporate the LGBTQ experience into her music because if country music is about real life, then that real life would have to include gay people, no matter what the cost to her career.

Read the full blog here.

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