Country music artists, industry share their support for Cody Alan

This morning, CMT's Hot 20 Countdown host Cody Alan came out as gay in a moving post on his official Facebook page. Alan also appears on radio programs CMT After MidNite and CMT Radio Live. Through these venues, he reaches over 90 million homes and two million listeners per week. That's why this morning’s personal announcement has such a tremendous impact in accelerating acceptance of LGBTQ people nationwide, and now some of country's biggest stars and other celebrities are sharing their support for Alan's message. Check out what they had to say below!


According to GLAAD’s Vice President of Programs, 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."

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.