Former “American Idol” contestant Crystal Bowersox just released a compelling Christmas-themed single about coming out, titled “Coming Out For Christmas.”
Many people of the LGBT community have experienced the challenge of facing family during the holiday season and having not come out to some, if any, of them. “Coming Home For Christmas,” which was co-written with Maia Sharp, is meant to inspire LGBTQ youth in similar shoes to feel empowered.
“The holidays are here, and it pains me to think that anyone would be left alone or be forbidden to be with their family over something as silly as their sexual orientation,” said Bowersox when speaking about the song. “I hope it will serve as a holiday anthem for people who may finally have the courage to live their life as their true authentic self, proudly and unapologetically, and that their friends and family will love and accept them with loving open arms. May we all celebrate this holiday season together, celebrate equality, and give thanks for the true spirit of Christmas—with our one human family.”
By purchasing a song share through New York Rock Exchange for $20, fans will not only get to benefit the artist directly, but will also be entitled to extra perks that include an exclusive invitation to join Crystal for a special online shareholder meeting in early 2014. During this meeting, Crystal will answer questions, talk about what is going on in her life, and perform an intimate acoustic set for her shareholders.
In addition, a New York Rock Exchange song share donates $1 from each purchase to The Trevor Project—a crisis hotline for LGBTQ youth.
The single is currently also available on iTunes.