Country singer Chely Wright has married her girlfriend Lauren Blitzer on Saturday at Lauren’s aunt home in Connecticut.
She has announced her engagement with Lauren, 30, LGBT rights advocate, in April 2011. Back then they also have schedueled the wedding day on August 20.
Chely has posted wedding photos of herself and Blitzer in white gowns on Twitter.
“What a beautiful day for a wedding!
On our way to the wedding of @chelywright & @lulublitzer. Triumph of spirit over fear, love over hate. @wishmeawaydoc celebrates open hearts, ” said Chely on Twitter.
In May 2010 the forty years old singer, Chely Wright, has declared that she was a lesbian.
“I feel like I’m floating. It’s like my friends who are in the know, which are not many, and my family members who know, which isn’t all of them, are lifting me up to get through this,” she said.
Some time later, Chely said coming out “didn’t help my career.” Her albums’ sales were down and beside that an article in Tennessean remarked Chely Wright‘s genre has begun to change to Americana.
” Country music would rather an artist be a drunk, they even encourage and endorse that one. You get good money from Jim Beam to put that emblem on the side of your bus. I was on the Crown Royal tour, and I have to say it was one of my favorite tours. They would rather you were a drug addict than be gay. They will forgive you if you beat your wife, lose your kids to state, get six divorces, make a sex tape, get labeled as a tramp — any and all of it is better than being gay.” Said Chely Wright in an Los Angeles Times’ interview (with Geoff Boucher).
A documentary film about Wright’s admitting she is a lesbian, Wish Me Away, was released in June 2011. The film’s title is one of the tracks on her 2010 album, Lifted Off the Ground. The movie, filmed over three years, premiered at the 35th annual Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. Wish Me Away (WMA) won two awards: Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Frameline 35 Festival in San Francisco.
In 2010 Chely was named one of Out magazine’s annual “100 People of the Year” and Metro Source New York Magazine named Chely Wright as one of the “20 people We Love”.
Chely Wright Wish Me Away teaser (video)