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Gay Musicians Struggle to Find Audience

Jennifer Knapp just one of several who have 'come out' to find decreased receptivity

More than a year after announcing that she is gay, Jennifer Knapp tells NPR that she was "very hesitant" about coming out in the first place.

"Knowing that I was going to have to publicly deal with my sexuality — it really made me consider how much I wanted to participate in music," Knapp says of her decision to suddenly stop making Christian music in 2002. But after a seven-year hiatus, she returned, not as a CCM artist, but as a secular folk-rocker who still identified herself as a Christian. She told NPR she was "very hesitant to get back up into the public level, knowing that there would be discussion about my sexuality on the whole."

Other Christian musicians who have come out also shared their stories with NPR. Read the full story here, or listen here.

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