Chely Wright’s ‘Wish Me Away’ Nominated for GLAAD Award
Chely Wright's 2012 documentary 'Wish Me Away' has been nominated for a GLAAD Award for its outstanding representation of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
'Wish Me Away' chronicles the coming out process experienced by Wright as a country music recording artist. The advocate's career is certainly thriving now, but the 'Single White Female' singer says that her lifestyle as an openly lesbian woman has tarnished some of the relationships she had in the country music industry.
“It’s not my belief that I should be performing on every awards show … Now it’s the new Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum, that’s a natural part of entertainment,” shares Wright. “(But) there’s an institutionalized friendship within country music, once you’re in, once you’re one of us, you’re always invited to certain things to present or be a part of it or chair a committee for the Country Music Hall of Fame, which I used to do things like that.”
“I need a country artist who is a big deal, like Jay-Z in his community — he came forward and said, ‘I believe in equality for all.’ I’m struggling because I have not heard that from the big stars in country music," Wright adds.
The singer-turned-advocate may not find the support she needs in the genre, but Wright does have support in her wife, Lauren Blitzer, who is also a GLBT Civil Rights activist. The ladies were married in a private ceremony in Conneticut in August 2011. Now, the couple is expecting identical twins.
“I’m trying to work on those things and to use my voice to make sure that everyone out there in America knows, you do love a gay person,” Wright says of her mission. “It may not be me, but I promise you, you have a neighbor, a coworker, a niece, and be mindful of the negative things you say about gays and lesbians because someone is listening.”
’Wish Me Away’ has already won a handful of awards, including the 2012 Nashville Film Festival Audience Award winner for Best Documentary. 'Wish Me Away' is now available for download through iTunes or purchased via Video on Demand (VOD) from local cable carriers.