It’s clear that Kacey Musgraves takes her duty as a confidante very seriously.
On the red carpet of Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, the Star-Crossed musician, 33, said she would “leap in front of a moving train” for the LGBTQ community. Before her performance of “Rainbow,” she received the Vanguard Award.
She went on to say, “I’m honored to feel the affection of the community in this room,” Musgraves said. “So many historical figures and trailblazers are in attendance tonight. In fact, I honestly believe that I would not be where I am now if it weren’t for their encouragement and affection.”
She also talked about how she wants to make country music a more welcoming place for her LGBTQ fans, sharing a touching story of a fan she met along the way.
“You know what, you have made me feel like I’m finally invited to a party that I’ve never been invited to,” said a homosexual country fan as one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever had in my career. She recalled Musgraves. It was the nicest thing that could have happened to me.
As a genre, country music was founded on stories about real people, and I don’t see why anyone’s point of view should be excluded from that. For the simple reason that we’re all created of the same materials, we all desire the same things and are motivated by the same feelings. Her explanation: “It’s just all wrapped up in different bows.”
Texas’ “extremely disgraceful” efforts to discriminate against the LGBTQ population have also been slammed by Musgraves (After signing a bill in October that bans K-12 trans students from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a letter in February asking gender-affirming care for trans minors to be investigated as “child abuse”).
As a Texas native, Musgraves is proud to call herself a Texan, but she doesn’t like how the state has handled anything in that category. “I’m very proud to be a Texan, but I don’t like how the state has handled anything in that category, to be honest, and I just think that we can do better,” she says.