We caught up with Billy at the opening of the Flaming Saddles Saloon in West Hollywood, where he talked about a run-in with a journalist that prompted him to come out, how scared he was to do so, and how his family and fans reacted.
And as for being a trailblazer in the traditionally conservative country music scene, he said:
There comes a point where some people have to buck up and be a voice for certain situations!
Check out the exclusive video with Billy (above)!
Plus, as a bonus, check out WeHo mayor John D'Amico presenting Billy with a declaration for Billy Gilman Day!
Flaming Saddles (and it's owners Jacqui Squatriglia & Chris Barnes) was also honored and proceeds from the night benefited the LGBT Center.