Gay fan of CMT host Cody Alan shares heartbreaking story of how his parents tried to ruin his life
CMT host Cody Alan shared on Instagram today a heartbreaking story from a gay fan who listened to him on the radio as a kid.
Alan came out publicly as a gay man last month and writes that he’s ‘getting a regular flow of messages’ from gay fans sharing their stories.
One of those stories was so compelling that Alan, 44, shared it with his 138,000 followers in its entirety.
The fan, now an adult, wrote to Alan to say how ‘fricking cool’ it is that he came out as gay.
‘Growing up being a little country kid, I listened to you every night going to bed. So you kind of present yourself as a household name for me.’
The fan came out to his parents a few years ago and they treated him quite cruelly.
‘They made sure I couldn’t go to college anymore, I lost my job, and I was kicked out of where I was living. But I always stuck to my country music.’
Even when he was homeless.
‘One of the best times I had when I was homeless for awhile was listening to you on an old radio. The front desk lady would let me sleep in the lobby on the Howard Johnson if I would fold towels for a few hours. I had a blast jamming to you after midnight.’
The fan concluded by writing: ‘Thank you for being an inspiration! And thanks for keeping me awake on those damn overnight shifts.’
Alan writes of this and other fans who have shared their stories: ‘So much strength out there. Glad to be a voice.’