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Maren Morris issues tearful apology for country music’s lack of LGBTQ inclusion

Maren Morris doubles down on her mission to make country music a more inclusive genre for LGBTQ artists and their fans.

The Texas-born singer-songwriter appeared on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge last week, where she issued a backstage apology to the show’s contestants over Nashville’s apparent reluctance to embrace the LGBTQ community.

“Coming from country music and its relationship with LGBTQ+ members, I just want to say I’m sorry,” Morris said, as seen in a clip shared to the official ‘Drag Race’ Instagram account. “I love you guys for making me feel like a brave voice in country music. So thank you so much guys for inspiring me.

The visibly emotional musician then added, “I’m going to cry.”

Last year, Morris found himself embroiled in a social media controversy after he called Brittany Aldean, the wife of country artist Jason Aldean, over comments directed at parents of transgender children. The headline-grabbing exchange prompted Fox News host Tucker Carlson to call Morris a “country music nut.”

Carlson’s attempted insult, however, backfired dramatically when Morris began selling t-shirts with the remark as a fundraiser for Trans Lifeline and the GLAAD Transgender Media program. She would have lifted over $100,000 for the two advocacy groups.

Given the ubiquity of “bro-country,” loosely defined by Rolling Stone as “the explosion of songs about trucks, beer, and women,” it’s perhaps unsurprising that country is still widely considered a conservative genre, compared to rock and pop.

Still, there have been recent signs of gradual change. In 2021, TJ Osborne of country duo Brothers Osborne became the first openly gay artist to be signed to a major label, EMI Records Nashville. Last year, the Osborne brothers won their first-ever Grammy for “Younger Me,” a song inspired by TJ’s coming-out experience.

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