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As a child, country music singer Chely Wright would say a daily prayer: "Dear God, please don't let me be gay."
Fiercely protecting the secret of her sexuality, she moved to Nashville to pursue a music career, and became a star. But the whole time, she lived in fear that the truth would destroy her career. The burden of her secret eventually led her to the brink of suicide.
A new documentary film, Wish Me Away, follows her struggle to accept her sexuality, and her eventual decision to become the first country music star to publicly come out as gay. The announcement, on NBC's Today Show in 2010, dramatically changed her career. She says she was frozen out of much of the country music business.
NPR's Neal Conan talks with Wright about her journey, and how it transformed her career.
Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.