But country music didn’t have an openly gay/bisexual star until Billy Gilman came out late last year.
And while he’s been in the spotlight for most of his life, there was one thing he kept in the dark: his sexuality.
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.
We’re so glad Billy found his one voice!