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Grammy-nominated Country music star T.J. Osborne comes out publicly: “I’m very comfortable being gay”

Anytime someone in the public eye comes out publicly as LGBT, it’s an act of courage and it is something I wholeheartedly applaud.

It’s important on so many levels.

Going the famous gay people club today is T.J. Osborne, the lead vocalist of Brothers Osborne, the duo he formed with his brother John, a guitarist, in 2012. They have released seven country Top 40 singles and three studio albums, won four CMA Awards, and been nominated for seven Grammys. He becomes the only openly gay artist signed to a major country label—a historic moment for the genre.

In an interview with TIME, Osborne says: . “I’m very comfortable being gay. I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange. People will ask, ‘Why does this even need to be talked about?’ and personally, I agree with that. But for me to show up at an awards show with a man would be jaw-dropping to people. It wouldn’t be like, ‘Oh, cool!’ I don’t think I’m going to get run off the stage in Chicago. But in a rural town playing a county fair? I’m curious how this will go. But is that just because they’ve never had the opportunity to relate to it?”

His brother John is 100 percent supportive: “If I had to have all my money and success erased for my brother to be truly fulfilled in life. I wouldn’t even think about it. Not for a second.”

Says TJ: ““I’ve done more than I ever thought I would. At this point, my happiness is more valuable than anything else I’d ever be able to achieve.”

Below is John Osborne’s fabulous Instagram post in support of his brother:

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