In television appearances and an autobiography, she cited among her reasons for publicizing her homosexuality a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding".
She has written songs that have been recorded by Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, Indigo Girls, Mindy Smith and Clay Walker, among them Walker's top ten hit, "I Can't Sleep" that won her a BMI award.
It turns out that there is a lot more tolerance in the country music fan base than anyone, including Chely Wright herself, first thought.
In May 2010, Wright became one of the first major country music performers to publicly come out as lesbian.
In it is the optimism, the pride and the attitude that defines us not only to ourselves but to the world.
Chely Wright fit into that world like a glove at first glance.
It entered the Billboard country chart at 13, the second highest debut of her career.
It was also her first appearance on the Americana album chart, where it reached number 9.