If you don’t watch Country Music Television (CMT), you may not know Cody Alan. He’s the host of a popular weekly TV show called Hot 20 Countdown and of two radio shows, CMT After MidNite and CMT Radio Live. He has interviewed numerous big-name country music stars and his shows reach an audience of over 900 million people. So it’s a big deal that he recently came out.
In a Thursday morning Facebook post, Alan wrote:
2017. As we start a new year, there is something I want to share with you. You see, I’m gay. This is not a choice I made, but something I’ve known about myself my whole life. Through life’s twists and turns, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, successes, failures – I’ve landed on this day, a day when I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. And I’m finally comfortable enough for everyone to know this truth about me. Thanks for following me and supporting me over the years. As we continue our journey, I hope this news won’t change how you see me. I’m still the same Cody I always was. You just know a little more about me now. My hope for the future is to live the most honest, authentic, loving, and open life possible. Here’s to being happy with yourself, no matter who you are, who you love, where you come from, or what cards life has dealt you. Thanks again. With much heart,
Country music stars such as Carrie Underwood, Casey Musgraves, Ty Herndon and many others tweeted their support after the news got out.
You might think that his coming out won’t have much of an impact in the anti-gay south where most country music fans live, but you’d be wrong because country music is actually most popular in non-southern states like Utah, Idaho, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and even Hawaii (at least according to 2016 statistics on touring bands). Put another way, Alan’s coming out could change attitudes all across America, not just in the states we normally think of as “country.”