Herndon went big with the news, scheduling TV and magazine interviews for weeks.Gilman took a low-key approach, outing himself in a self-made video posted on his website.He says it had long been suspected by Nashville insiders that he was gay, but it was hard to prove because he says he’s “reclusive, politically conservative and pathetically boring.” In fact, Gilman says the only reason he went public is because a journalist familiar with his career spotted him on a date with a guy at a festival in Rhode Island, and took a photo of the two posed together. “I didn’t realize just who the photographer was until he told me he had an interview set up with me the next weekend to talk about my music,” recalls Gilman, in a phone interview.“I realized he could throw (my story) to the AP and have fun with it. I’m still coming to terms with this.” Coincidentally, Gilman says he’s a friend of country hit maker Chely Wright, who is the only well-known country act to come out as lesbian. “I’d heard of all the struggles she went through, but frankly I wasn’t paying enough attention at the time.William Brent, Bradley Steven Perry, Paris Berelc, Kelli Berglund and Jake Short were joined by Ryan Potter, Nolan Gould, Pierson Fode and Joey King inside the bash.Sarah Gilman, Peyton and Spencer List, Brec Bassinger, Will Meyers, Rio Mangini, Ryan Newman, Leo Howard, Dylan Riley Snyder, Devon Leos, Brighton and Saxon Sharbino, Amber Montana, Oana Gregory, Gatlin Green, Matt Cornett, Austin Fryberger, and many others came to celebrate the series’ premiere.The Charlotte Pride Festival & Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade runs Aug. The cultural festival starts noon Saturday on South Tryon Street near Stonewall Street and will include live music, vendors, art exhibitors, retailers, food stands and more. I'm seeing a lot..a lot of people being hit with a fake Billy scamming for Money. pic.twitter.com/QRXp Rf AJt O “Sail away on the Block Island Ferry...” 2 Tickets please.
’ I didn’t want to come out to People magazine or the ‘Today Show,’ because it would look like I was trying to sell records or get headlines. I made the video.” The country music industry’s reaction was muted. By then, he was in a relationship with a man he’d met through a musician friend in Rhode Island.I’ve been performing since I was 7 and paying taxes since I was 8.” Billy Gilman performs p.m. Sunday on the Wells Fargo Stage, near Stonewall and South Tryon streets. The two are still dating and have been together a year and a half, he says.Gilman is now at work on a musical “rebirth,” releasing songs digitally, touring heavily and performing a mix of genres at his live show.