Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Recent Outings

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Recent Outings

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THE PERSON: Cody Alan. The host of CMT's Hot 20 Countdown, and a popular personality in the country world, Alan wrote a moving open letter in a January Instagram post explaining his journey as a gay TV and radio personality. "This is not a choice I made, but something I've known about myself my whole life," he wrote. "Here's to being happy with yourself, no matter who you are, who you love, where you come from, or what cards life has dealt you."

THE IMPACT: Alan was "overwhelmed" by support from country stars--including Dierks Bentley, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves, and Dan + Shay--and his own kids, about whom he was initially worried. "But my son said, "You're a great dad; it's okay.'" Alan wrote. "To their generation, being gay is like your eye color--it's just there--so they understood better than I thought." Zeke Stokes, GLAAD's vice president of programs, said, "Millions of radio listeners, television viewers, and country music fans love and look up to Cody Alan. And that's exactly why Cody's decision to come out matters--because visibility brings about acceptance."

THE PERSON: Jess Herbst. The mayor of tiny New Hope, Texas (population around 600), came out as a trans woman to her constituents via a letter. Her colleagues have known for months; her family even longer.

THE IMPACT: The town is small and rural, but since America lost it's only other transgender mayor--Silverton, Oregon's Stu Rasmussen--when she left office in 2015, Herbst stands as a reminder to trans people how much they're needed in public office.

THE PERSON: Taylor Bennett. Chance the Rapper's 21-year-old brother took to Twitter to come out as bisexual. A hip hop artist and MC, Bennett wrote that he wanted to "be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues. Growing up I've always felt indifferent about my sexuality and being attracted to one sex and today I would like to openly come out to my fans. …

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