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Country music singer Chely Wright stepped right out of the closet in 2010 and her life has never been the same. Known for such hits as “Shut Up and Drive” and “Single White Female,” Chely has released seven studio records.

She wrote a book Like Me about her life of being a closeted lesbian and now a documentary called Wish Me Away really goes behind the scenes.

Wright returns to Chicago to appear live in Andersonville as the frontrunner in a Backlot Bash.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Chely. Good to talk to you again.

Chely Wright: When was the last time?

JN: Right before the big Borders Bookstore signing.

CW: That was almost two years ago. You need to call me more often!
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Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)

Advice

“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

Pride Weekend

Pride Weekend was crazy for me. I met Sharon Gless at promotional luncheon for her movie Hannah Free. Then I ran over to see Taylor Dayne at Pridefest. Afterwards, I met her and thanked her for the interview here. She was happy to see me. We hugged and I showed her the newspaper.

I left the festival to head over to the Chely Wright signing at Borders Bookstore. She read excerpts from her book and explained how she almost killed herself before she came out of the closet. When people started sharing their stories on how they have been mistreated being gay and lesbian coming out of the closet, there was not a dry eye in the house! She sang a few songs and described her dealings with the music labels. Her interview  with me is here. She was the Grand Marshall for the parade the next day.

I worked at the restaurant at night and snuck over to the backlot bash to watch a street party.

The next morning it was time to get up and celebrate the Pride Parade. It is always a blast to see so many past friends and watch all of the floats. It truly was a beautiful day. You gotta have pride!!!

Chely Wright

Richell Rene “Chely” Wright made headlines this year as the first country music artist to come out of the closet as a lesbian. She is the grand marshal for our 41st Annual Pride Parade and spoke to Nunn on the Run about her first year of being out and proud. Broken

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Chely. You are calling from my parent’s area code. Do you live in Tennessee?

Chely Wright: I live in Nashville and New York. I still have my cell phone from Nashville.

JN: My family still lives there and I wanted to say thank you for bringing all the awareness to the Tennessee flood. You just did a benefit for Nashville schools that lost their musical instruments.

CW: Oh gosh, there wasn’t enough discussion about it. I can’t believe it.

JN: Lifted Off the Ground is your seventh album.

CW: Can you believe it? I am an old lady.

JN: Was this a more open record for you to write since you came out of the closet?
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