Country Music Star Chely Wright to Receive Out & Equal Advocacy Award at 2012 Leadership Celebration

February 14, 2012 | Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is pleased to announce that famed country music star Chely Wright will be honored at the 2012 Leadership Celebration, along with Golden State Warriors COO Rick Welts and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Wright, who launched her music career nearly two decades ago, made headlines in 2010 when she came out as a lesbian, becoming the first major country music star to live her life openly. In May 2010, she released her book "Like Me," a highly praised autobiography in which she tells the story of her personal journey of living in the closet and eventually deciding to live her life honestly. She spoke and performed at the 2010 Workplace Summit.

The awards will be presented to Wright, Welts and Parker at the Out & Equal Leadership Celebration on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco.

This year, the Out & Equal Advocacy Award recognizes leaders who are making a difference because they are out at work. In the past, the Advocacy Award has honored allies who have contributed to equality and companies which supported same-sex marriage in California.

The Leadership Celebration is part of the Out & Equal Executive Forum, a multiday conference for out and successful executive leaders to learn from one another and share their best practices. Hundreds of LGBT senior executives and emerging leaders have participated in the annual event since 2008.

To learn more about the Leadership Celebration, and to purchase tickets, click here.

About Out & Equal
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is an international nonprofit organization committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. The Out & Equal Leadership Celebration honors workplace courage and support of LGBT equality, specifically those organizations and individuals who take the lead on fundamental issues of equal rights in and out of the workplace.