Crossover Christian and pop music megastar Amy Grant recently made clear her thoughts on the LGBTQ+ community and Christianity. Grant shared her most pro-LGBTQ+ sentiment to date with Apple Music's Proud Radio host Hunter Kelly.
Though she has a large LGBTQ+ following — there's even a Gay Friends of Amy Grant group on Facebook — the singer has been somewhat guarded in verbalizing her support for the LGBTQ+ community. We can now say without a doubt that the community has Grant's support.
"Who loves us more than the one who made us?" Grant asked Kelly in the July 12 interview. "None of us are a surprise to God. Nothing about who we are or what we've done. That's why, to me, it's so important to set a welcome table. Because I was invited to a table where someone said 'Don't be afraid, you're loved.' …Gay. Straight. It does not matter."
"It doesn't matter how we behave," Grant continued. "It doesn't matter how we're wired. We're all our best selves when we believe to our core, 'I'm loved.' And then our creativity flourishes. We're like, 'I'm gonna arrange flowers on your table and my table.' When we're loved, we're brave enough to say yes to every good impulse that comes to us."
Grant's latest show of LGBTQ+ support was met with appreciation from both Semler, a.k.a Grace Baldridge, a queer Christian artist, and Trey Pearson, formerly the lead singer of the CCM band Everyday Sunday who came out as gay in 2016.
— Semler (@GraceBaldridge) July 11, 2021
"wow wow @amygrant explicitly saying she is LGBTQ+ affirming on PROUD Radio with @hunterkelly is so huge im gonna cry," tweeted Semler, while Pearson wrote on Twitter that, "She's the best."
Grant's recent pro-LGBTQ+ remarks may be her boldest yet, but they aren't her first. Grant, 60, gave her first LGBTQ+ interview to Pride Source's Chris Azzopardi in 2013.
"I know that the religious community has not been very welcoming, but I just want to stress that the journey of faith brings us into community, but it's really about one relationship," Grant told Azzopardi at the end of their hour-long interview. "The journey of faith is just being willing and open to have a relationship with God. And everybody is welcome. Everybody."
At the time, Grant also told Azzopardi: "To me, if there's anything that comes out of this conversation, in the same way that a relationship cannot be nurturing if it's competitive, it's this: When you don't understand something, you can either default to judgment or you can default to compassion. Those take you down completely different roads."
Despite her pop crossover successes, Grant has always remained a contemporary Christian music artist at heart. She released her first eponymous album in 1977 and her most recent, "A Tennessee Christmas," in 2016. All told, Grant has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, won six Grammy Awards and 22 Dove Awards. She even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Grant will go on tour this fall to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her crossover album, "Heart in Motion," which included the massive pop hits "Baby, Baby" and "Every Heartbeat."