The gay and celebrity web-o-spheres were abuzz last month about the teased and pre-planned public coming out party for Chely Wright, the country singer who had huge success starting in the late 90s with "Single White Female" and "Shut Up and Drive." The outing coincided with the release of a memoir, Like Me, in which Chely tells the story of growing up a God-fearing lesbian in the South. Unlike Melissa Etheridge, Chely's primary fanbase is red-state-dwelling, and she's the first chart-topping country singer to be open about her homosexuality (see her Oprah appearance above). Given that, GLAAD has invited her to perform at their San Francisco Media Awards tomorrow night at the Marriott.
Bruce Villanch will be hosting, and other performers and honorees include Sam Sparro, Cybill Shepard, Lee Daniels, and Levi Strauss prez Robert Hanson, who'll be getting a Local Hero honor. The reception and red carpet starts at 4:30 p.m. and you can still get tickets at (877) 519-7904 (online ticket sales have now closed).