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03/24/2009

Rascally pro-gay message has a nice twang to it

by Jeremy Hooper

Here now, some good pro-gay news from the world of country music.  And it doesn't even involve Dolly Parton:

“We actually have some gay people that work with us, and we have a lot of friends that are gay, too, and I know that this song [“Love Who You Love”] has inspired them,” said [Rascal Flatts] singer Gary LeVox during an interview at CMT earlier this month. “I know that coming out was tough on their parents and on them and the whole entire family. For a long time, some of them didn’t get to hear ‘I love you’ from their dads or be accepted in that way. … It’s helped a lot of our friends.”

“That’s what’s cool about our music,” says guitarist Joe Don Rooney. “You can interpret (it like) that. If you get that — it’s perfect. If you are someone who’s gay or someone who’s straight, you still feel something from the song, and that’s what we want.”

Rascal Flatts Encourage Gay Fans to “Love Who You Love” [CMT]

See, this is who "American Idol" should have gotten to mentor on country music week.  These guys surely wouldn't have grimaced at Adam Lambert's nail polish or looked at him like he was the king of Planet Not-From-'Round-Here-Are-Ya-Boy, unlike some same-sex couple-named (Randy/Travis) singers that we know.

The mentioned single, "Love Who You Love," drops today.  We have nothing else to add here; we've just always wanted to say that a single drops, as if we're one of those fancy kids from the MTVs.

**UPDATE: Here's the song:

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Your thoughts

That is very touching. I think there are more people starting to realize that it doesn't matter who you love, but who you are. Just look at all the gay sub plots in major shows (desperate housewives, greys, one tree hill, gossip girl, etc.)

Posted by: Alexa | Mar 24, 2009 9:00:00 AM

When Garth Brooks' "We Shall Be Free" came out there were some country stations that wouldn't play it because of the lyrics

"When we're free to love anyone we choose,
When this worlds big enough for all different views,
When we're all free to worship from our own kind of pew,
Then we shall be free"

Let's hope that the world has changed since then... I think it has.

Posted by: Timothy | Mar 24, 2009 2:05:46 PM

Also, we have Willie Nelson's "Cowboys are frequently secretly (Fond of each other)" I love that song. This is a good one as well.

Posted by: Piper | Mar 24, 2009 2:46:47 PM

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