You know, I'm just as laid-back and country and normal as I can be, and it took me a long time to realize that nothing is broken, and that there's a lot of kids out there that probably feel the same way I did growing up. I don't know how to explain it any other way. I am different than some people would like me to be. Then there are the other hints of big-name celebrities close to the hip hop business who are also gay. But for Dean his purpose in writing the book was simply to shine a rare light on the most shadowed corner of some of the most popular music in the world.
So I had a responsibility to step out and say, 'Hey, you can go out in this life and be exactly who you want to be.
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It is a place where reputations are made by shady pasts, the aura of violence and ultra-masculinity. It's just a normal thing. When Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman both came out on the same day in November ofit marked what seemed like a turning point for equality in country music. Terrance Dean, a former executive at music channel MTVhas penned a memoir of his life and times in the hip hop industry as a gay man. In coming out I had a feeling that it would diminish my wage earning, and that feeling was correct. She's widely heralded as "the first major country music artist to come out.
Country music star Chely Wright has come out as a lesbian on the cover of People magazine, part of a high-stakes media campaign that some feel may affect her marketability. Dean, however, hopes that hip hop will soon put its homophobia behind it. He says that too often he let such abuse pass by, and writing a memoir was a way of making up for that. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook. I wasn't going to be the first.