Country singer Chely Wright engaged to gay activist

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country singer Chely Wright, who surprised fans by coming out as gay last year, is engaged to a lesbian civil rights activist, People magazine said on Wednesday.

Wright, 40, and fiancee Lauren Blitzer, an activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, plan to get married in Connecticut in August.

"They met through their youth advocacy work, and say that their passion for Scrabble holds them together," Wright's representative told the magazine.

Connecticut is one of five U.S. states that has legalized same-sex marriage.

Wright in 1995 was named best new female vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. Her hit songs include "Shut Up and Drive" and "Single White Female," which topped the country music charts in 1999.

Wright came out in May last year and was the first major country music artist to declare that she was gay. Wright said had she felt compelled to conceal her sexual orientation for years in order to make it in the country music business.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant)

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SteveMD2 wrote:
We need every last good person who is hiding their orientation to come out.

Its awfully hard to hate someone you know and respect. And it will give gay kids hope as well.

Helping to stop the 9-11 we have every single year of several thousand gay kids who commit suicide thanks to the evil that lurks in this country.

Why did we go to war half a world away while our own talibangelicals mass murder our children.

Apr 06, 2011 6:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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