Happy holidays from all of us at State of Belief Radio and Interfaith Alliance!

    For many, especially LGBTQ individuals, living as their authentic selves can be daunting, particularly during the holidays. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll take an in-depth look at one person’s struggle to live the life they she wanted, the road through stigma and self-loathing  – and what it’s like on the other side.

    In May 2010, Chely Wright became the first major country music artist to publicly come out as gay. Her decision to live openly followed a long struggle with her identity, her career and her religious upbringing. Today, Chely is the married mom of twin boys, and continues her music career with a brand-new Christmas EP titled, Santa’s Going to Find You. This week, on a special holiday edition of State of Belief, host Rev. Welton Gaddy will speak with Chely about her career, her role as an activist for LGBTQ rights, and her family – as well as share some of the stories behind the songs on her first-ever Christmas recording.

    This conversation is part of our series Whosoever You Love, our semi-monthly series affirming the worth and full value of LGBTQ persons within and beyond religion. Whosoever You Love is supported by the Arcus Foundation, which is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Learn more about Arcus and its partners at

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