(CBS News) Two years ago, Chely Wright became the first major country music artist to reveal that she's gay.
In excerpts from her new book printed in People magazine, the country star -- who came out as a lesbian -- says an unknowing Paisley was a victim of her sexuality secret.I loved that Brad didn't drink alcohol." "He had a strong faith, and although I didn't agree with some of his religious beliefs and he didn't agree with some of mine, we had a mutual respect...I felt that if I was going to compromise and be with a man, he'd be an amazing choice." The couple started touring together and the media began to suspect they were more than just friends.I like her even though she's gay.' I need a country artist who is a big deal, like Jay-Z in his community; He came forward and said, 'I believe in equality for all.' I'm struggling because I have not heard that from the big stars in country music." Wright is currently focusing on GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, an advocacy group that is trying to end bullying in public schools.She said, "I'm trying to work on those things and to use my voice to make sure that everyone out there in America knows, you do love a gay person.