Chris Willman

Tolerance, but not quite acceptance: Nashville's gay situation

Article: Tolerance, but not quite acceptance: Nashville's gay situation

Non-Southerners tuning in to the Sundance Channel Original Series GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS may not quite know what to expect out of the second season’s Nashville setting. As a reality show focused on gay men and their straight girlfriends, will the series be taking on more of a fish-out-of water tone by moving the action to the South? As in “Dorothy, I don’t think we’re in the West Village anymore?”

Will Country Music come out of the closet?

Article: Will Country Music come out of the closet?

A few years ago, Willie Nelson released an iTunes single called “Cowboys are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other.” As a novelty tune prompted by the popularity of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, it hardly represented a serious attempt to introduce gay subject matter into country music. But, in its own jocular way, it did break through a verboten barrier for the genre and cause some folks in Nashville to look around at each other and think: Just how many music-industry “cowboys” are we talking about here? And just how necessary is the secrecy?