Afternoon Delight: Chely Wright talks country stars who support her, the latest “Twilight” teaser trailer

Good afternoon and happy Friday!

Happy birthday to actresses Keri Russell, Hope Davis, Catherine Kenner and music legend Chaka Khan!

The teaser trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has arrived! Bella is so fast I didn’t even see Kristen Stewart.

 

During an in-depth interview with SiriusXM OutQ, country star Chely Wright discussed the lack of the public support she received from the music industry when she came out.

Wright said, “The only ones who supported me publicly are Mary Chapin Carpenter, Leann Rimes and SheDAISY. Privately — Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and Naomi Judd. Now, there are a lot of people who make country records, and I know all of them. I think some of the artists really have a fundamental belief that there’s something wrong with me but I think most of the artists don’t want their fans to know that they’re supportive of me because they don’t want to lose a record sale. Because, look, there’s a reason I’m the first artist to come out in commercial country music. I don’t want to be a hypocrite here, but I am a bit of a hypocrite. I hid for 17 years. I’m a hider just as well as anyone else is, whether they’re a straight person who’s hidden their support of the LGBT community or a gay person who’s hiding in country music. There’s a reason we hide in country music. Because we know who buys our records by and large. It’s a christian conservative fan base who doesn’t approve or thinks we’re going to hell. You know, I receive a lot of letters from people who say, ‘I won’t support that sick behavior.’ it’s not pretty.”

On Saturday, March 24 lesbian director Lauren Fash will be debuting her short film Quiet at the California International Shorts Festival.

Quiet tells the story of “Ali, a woman forced to lie about her relationship with her wife Sam so that the two women can spend Sam’s last moments together.” The film (in which I appear) screens at 1 p.m. at The Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. (Warning: Bring a box of tissues with you.)

Speaking of lesbian short films, consider supporting out film-student Sarah Waldron‘s thesis project Love Has No Limits on Kickstarter.

 

On Monday, March 26 actress Kate Winslet will appear on Live with Kelly, Rachel Maddow will stop by the Late Show with David Letterman and lesbian comedian Fortune Feimster will take a seat at the Chelsea Lately round table.

Lesbian/Bi Tweet of the Day!

Rocker/actress Leisha Hailey rode shotgun while Uh Huh Her bandmate/girlfriend Camilla Gray primped while driving. (That can’t be safe.)

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