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Kristin Chenoweth on the price of being a Christian and an LGBT ally: ‘I’ve definitely lost fans’

Kristin Chenoweth is a highly-visible Christian woman who happens to have legions of gay fans.

Her support of the LGBT community doesn’t always go over well with some of her fellow Christians.

‘Oh, I’ve definitely lost fans,’ Chenoweth tells PrideSource.

‘I’ve been fired from Women of Faith. The haters online and on social media are there.’

But the pushback has only made the Tony and Emmy award winning performer more resolute in her support.

‘I think I’ve gotten tougher or somethin’, she says.

‘Even if you believe different things, you still want to be able to have music in common. And now, I guess maybe what’s changed is, it’s OK if you don’t like my music. If you don’t like what I believe, maybe I don’t want you to.’

Chenoweth, whose latest album The Art of Elegance has just been released, says she has had some memorable conversations with her gay fans including one who found much-needed inspiration in her 2005 Christian record As I Am.

‘I did a meet and greet, and I was signing the album and a guy comes up to me – he was probably about 35 and he was so cute and kind – and he just said, “I want to thank you for helping me. Just recently you helped save my life.”

‘And I was like, “Wait, whoa, what?” And he just said, “My whole life I’ve been told I was going to hell. And I’m gay and I love God and I’m Christian and I was able to show my family that, ‘Look at this girl. She made this album and she thinks I’m OK.’”

‘That was 10, 12 years ago. That really affected me and stayed with me. One I really remember.’

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