TJ Osborne kisses her boyfriend after winning the Country Music Award / LGBTQ Nation

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Country star TJ Osborne kissed her boyfriend at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas when he learned that his band, The Brothers Osborne, had won Duo of the Year.

One half of the Osborne brothers, the country music star came out last February and instantly became the genre’s hottest performer.

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“I’m very comfortable being gay,” he said. Time. “I find myself on my guard because I don’t want to talk about something that I personally have no problem with. It’s so strange.

But the country music industry has long been known for its conservative fan base, and as such it still has a long way to go in its acceptance of LGBTQ people.

As such, Osborne’s public display of affection is no small moment.

He not only avoided all the hate by kissing his boyfriend at the awards show, but he also shouted it straight out in his acceptance speech.

“Abi, I love you,” Osborne said, before shouting to the crowd, “Here’s a good night in Vegas, baby. Come on.”

Last year, Osborne also made waves for kissing Ventura after winning a Country Music Award, marking a first for the long-running award show.

“It’s been a crazy roller coaster year for us in so many ways, especially for me emotionally,” Osborne told the audience as he accepted the award. “And for you all to support me, I really feel like love is winning tonight. Thank you.”

His words were greeted with a standing ovation.

But Tennessee Republicans also blocked a resolution to honor the singer earlier that year, motivated by homophobia. State Rep. Jeremy Faison, chairman of the House Republican Caucus, rejected the measure despite passing it unanimously in the Republican-controlled state Senate.

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