What Alan, 31, says rings true. On the music side, look no further than “Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves. Musgraves wrote “Follow Your Arrow” with singer-songwriters Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally — who are openly bisexual and gay, respectively. This tune was named Song of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards and is seen by many as an LGBTQ anthem — something country music is lacking — with its call to make lots of noise and kiss lots of boys … or kiss lots of girls, if that’s something you’re into. The theme of the song is to truly be who you want to be.
Even with TV, there are strides being made. Most notably CMT gave new life to the musical drama Nashville when ABC gave it the ax in May 2016. By bringing the show over, the network retained the openly gay Will Lexington, who is played by straight actor Chris Carmack, and have kept following the character’s love life and didn’t hide it. Not only that but it also cast Jen Richards, a transgender actress-writer-producer to play a transgender character earlier this season. And that’s just how it’s continuing to show the LGBTQ community, and not even touching on how it’s handling storylines about race relations, death, and other important topics.