Morning Brew – Jennifer Nettles talks gay rights and lesbian rumors


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Country star Jennifer Nettles talked with PrideSource about being a total gay ally and lesbian rumors. An excerpt:

I did completely in the sense that I have my dear, dear friend – a longtime friend and now my personal assistant, and she’s gay – who said to me, “Jennifer, you’re the only person I’ve ever known that had to come out as a straight person,” which I thought was hilarious. (Laughs) I had such a strong lesbian following, and in the gay community as a whole, I’ve always had so much support from them. I think a lot of people assumed, too. Whenever they heard a woman with an alto voice playing an acoustic instrument stylistically reminiscent of those wonderful icons you counted, Ani DiFranco and Indigo Girls – and especially with the audience I had in my 20s – I think a lot of people just assumed that (I was lesbian). So those lyrics – “crotch propaganda / bat for both teams / and it’s me not choosing sides standing in between” – I definitely related to because it’s like, who cares? Why choose sides? And why do you have to?

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