Cody Alan, country music tv and radio star, comes out in a moving post


As host of CMT’s signature weekly music TV show, Hot 20 Countdown, Cody Alan is seen in over 90 million homes.  And through CMT After MidNite and CMT Radio Live, he’s heard by nearly 2 million weekly listeners on more than 250 stations.  From Carrie Underwood to Reba McEntire to Blake Shelton and beyond, when country stars talk, they talk to Cody Alan! That's why this morning’s personal announcement has such a tremendous impact in accelerating acceptance of LGBTQ people nationwide ... across all music genres.

Posting on social media, Cody started by sharing:

2017. As we start a new year, there is something I want to share with you. You see, I’m gay. This is not a choice I made, but something I've known about myself my whole life. Through life's twists and turns, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, successes, failures - I've landed on this day, a day when I'm happier and healthier than I’ve ever been.   And I’m finally comfortable enough for everyone to know this truth about me.  As we continue our journey, I hope this news won't change how you see me. I’m still the same Cody I always was. You just know a little more about me now. My hope for the future is to live the most honest, authentic, loving, and open life possible. Here's to being happy with yourself, no matter who you are, who you love, where you come from, or what cards life has dealt you. Thanks again. With much heart, Cody"

According to GLAAD’s Vice President of Programs, country music fan and fellow South Carolinian, Zeke Stokes:

Millions of radio listeners, television viewers and country music fans love and look up to Cody Alan. And that's exactly why Cody's decision to come out matters -- because visibility brings about acceptance. By sharing his story, Cody is helping listeners and fans get to know someone who shares their passion for country music and southern values, and who also happens to be gay. At a time when America can sometimes seem so divided, it's the common ground we all share that brings us together -- and that's the power of sharing one's story."

Shortly after Cody's announcement, PEOPLE Country released an exclusive interview, in which he states that he's "happier than ever - and ready to make a difference."


Cody Alan and Carrie UnderwoodCody Alan is undoubtedly one of the most recognized names in broadcasting. Named one of "Nashville's Most Beautiful People,” Cody connects the country to country music. Popular for his open, friendly, fun, always entertaining interviews with the biggest names in music and entertainment, Cody's shows air from CMT world headquarters in Nashville. He takes fans where no one else goes, from backstage to the red carpet and beyond, across multiple platforms, introducing fans and music lovers to their favorite country artists. CMA Award winner Dierks Bentley says, "Cody's show always feels fresh and current. Cody cares about country music's past and future, and has always worked to make his shows exciting, interesting and personal."

Cody Alan on DeskCody is a respected veteran personality, producer and programmer in the broadcast industry, named the 2013 and 2010 National On-Air Personality of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. After gigs in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, Cody made it to the major leagues at age 23 when he landed in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Along the way, Cody has received numerous national awards, including DJ of the Year from Country Radio Broadcasters. Cody has been honored at the Grand Ole Opry, featured in USA Today and GQ Magazine, and has been a contributor on E!News, CNN HLN, Country Weekly and in People Country. Additionally, Cody was named Radio and Records Music Director of the Year five times, while Billboard magazine and the Radio Music Awards honored him with the annual title as well.


GLAAD Southern Stories

Since Americans' attitudes on LGBTQ people and their lives are not just influenced by what they see and hear, but who they know, GLAAD applauds Cody Alan for sharing his personal coming out story in such a public manner. GLAAD's Southern Stories initiative tells the stories of LGBTQ people and their allies in the South to create a cultural shift towards LGBTQ acceptance and understanding in the region.

Last summer, GLAAD continued its Southern Stories Summer Tour from Texas to Florida.  Throughout the trip, GLAAD facilitated conversations with local advocacy leaders about accelerating acceptance and amplifying the voices of LGBTQ people in the South.  For first-hand accounts from LGBTQ Southerners, check out the original short documentary series, GLAAD Presents: State of Change.