Chely Wright: Wish Me Away

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Emerging from a lifetime of hiding and shame that brings her to the brink of suicide, country singer Chely Wright comes out as gay, shattering cultural and religious stereotypes within Nashville, her conservative heartland family and, most importantly, herself. Knowing that she risks losing the dream that has inspired her since the age of four, she takes the bold step to use her public capital, not to better her career, but to speak out on one of the most polarizing civil rights issues of our time. Growing up in Wellsville, Kansas, in the heart of the Bible Belt, she prays daily, "Dear God, please don't let me be gay." Arriving in Nashville at seventeen, she quickly realizes that she will have to keep her sexual identity under wraps to make it in this town. No Country star had ever come out as gay, and there is no way she will be the first. But even at the height of her success, she remembers looking in the mirror and whispering, "Who are you? What are you doing?" Finally, having painted herself into a corner, she realizes that she cannot survive the life she has created. ...  


120 Minutes

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