Is the World Ready For An Openly Gay Gospel Artist?

   Is the World ready for an Openly Gay Gospel Artist?  I have been asking this question for quite sometime.  When I ask myself this question I think of one of my favorite singers, B. Slade and his transition from Tonex.  
  His coming out and transition to R&B, really rocked the Christian world and the God heads really threw shade upon him.  However, have you ever noticed a lot of feminine, yet closeted male Gospel singers who are singing the gospel? Not to mention when Famed Pace Sister, Dejuaii Pace admitted to being a lesbian, I felt that a door was open for openly Gay Gospel and Christian artists. However, its not so much as the world, but is the CHURCH, ready for an openly Gay artist? Although we have a lot of Gay friendly and Gay Affirming Ministries, is there room for an openly LGBT artist?
  It's nothing new on Sunday mornings to hear anti-gay rhetoric and the shame is that you have fellow LGBT, open and down low, bashing other gays.  Let's be real, if it wasn't for the Gays, Lesbians, and Trans-people, there would be no choirs, ministers, pastors, ushers, or anyone else in the church. For years, we've had a presence in God's house, but because of man's stupidity, they made it seem so wrong.
  Even as a child, I knew that there had to be gay people in the Gospel industry.  I'm sure you've heard the horror stories of the late Rev. James Cleveland and many other Gospel singers being gay and turning the kids out allegedly and even dying of AIDS related complications, but I never felt as if one's sexuality was a big deal.  I always felt that if you carried yourself in a Godly way then you were qualified to do the job. Why does who someone chooses to sleep with behind closed doors matter? So much of the world especially in the Gospel industry say "its okay to be Gay, but stay in the closet. You may corrupt our kids and family." Some may even say "oh he's just feminine." We all know that Brother Tay and Pastor Gray are getting it on behind closed doors.  NO SHADE INTENDED.
  Not only is the world and Church ready for an openly Gay Gospel Artist, is The Openly Gay Gospel Artist, ready for the world?


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