I struggled whether I wanted to write this commentary because of the nature of the discussion. I want to approach it as delicately as possible without alienating my conservative evangelical readership.
Before I begin, let me preface that this commentary is not intended to set an ‘I’m right and your wrong’ tone. I’m not writing this to attempt to change anyone’s tightly held view on this specific topic. My intent is to create an open and honest dialogue about the reality of the subject.
It starts with an email I received the last week from an individual who asked if I wanted to break a story. The story concerned a Southern Gospel artist who reached out to this individual on a gay dating/communication app.
My first thought after reading the email was, ‘why is this scandalous’? I know the nature of a gay artist in Southern Gospel music seems unthinkable to most of you, but it is a reality. I already knew about the artist this individual mentioned.
I am not saying that to sound like I am some TMZ gossip site. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that is not what I do. I say that because being gay is a reality and that reality exists in Southern Gospel music, whether you choose to believe that or not.
This next statement is one that is not intended to start a religious debate on the nature of homosexuality but one I believe. An individual’s sexual identity is a trait they are born with; not any different from whether you are born left or right-handed. And while most conservative evangelicals think the term gay Christian is an oxymoron, it is also a reality.
My reason for this commentary is to ask if there should be acceptance within the Southern Gospel industry to support an artist who is gay. As it stands now, if the artist mentioned in this commentary were to be outed to the broader Southern Gospel audience, then his and the group’s career in Southern Gospel music is over.
Look what happened twenty years ago when another Southern Gospel artist was outed in the most despicable way possible and then he was ostracized by the Southern Gospel community and his Southern Gospel music career was totally destroyed.
**As delicately as I have tried to approach this topic, I will monitor the comments section. The comments section will not be used to bash gay individuals. I will also not tolerate someone trying to out a Southern Gospel artist in the comments section. I want an open and honest dialogue about whether there should be acceptance for gay artists in Southern Gospel music?