On Friday, I attended a Wynonna Judd concert with some friends. It was the first time I’d seen her in concert despite loving her for years, and as she so eloquently put it to those of us who were newbies, “it’s about time!” The venue was fairly small so there truly wasn’t a bad seat in the house. I was fortunate enough to be seated on the 5th row which was close enough to see Wynonna’s facial expressions and watch her husband, Cactus, express himself on the drums. I am a sucker for a good drum solo and Cactus didn’t disappoint.
I attended this concert with a lesbian couple and a single lesbian friend of mine. I knew my friends enjoyed Wynonna, but I didn’t realize that all gay people love her. This concert was like Mecca for the gays. There were a few straight people there, but I’m pretty sure they were outnumbered by us same-sex loving folks. I saw so many plaid shirts that I thought I was having a vertigo attack at one point. Once Wynonna came out on stage though, I completely forgot my lesbian friends. I was totally mesmerized. Her lips were lined perfectly. Her hair was flaming red and sparkled when she moved. And that voice. Well, I can’t even begin to describe the sultry, soulful feel of it. I was blown away. The concert was amazing and wonderful. Wynonna certainly did her thing and everyone, gays and straights alike, loved it.
Later, I was telling another lesbian friend about the concert and she said that Wynonna was gay and everyone knew it. I told her about Cactus and how Wynonna shared a story about their love and devotion to each other after Cactus tragically lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. My friend said that Cactus was just a beard. Now let me explain what she meant to those of you who might not understand as I’ve only recently become acquainted with this word myself. A beard is a distractor. Someone whose purpose is to distract others from continuing down a line of thought that one might not want them to have. So according to my friend, Cactus serves as a beard to Wynonna’s being gay. She obviously can’t be gay because she’s married. Right? Apparently not.
And my opinion of this? I don’t care if Wynonna is gay or straight. She seems honest and down to earth despite her joking about everything being about her. She seems like she would give you the shirt off her back if you asked for it. And most of all, I loved that she shared her faith at the concert. How God has seen her through some tough times and how faithful He’s always been to her. She and Cactus have been through a lot in their relatively short time together. Wynonna, herself, has been through so many ups and downs in her career and personal life and has openly and willingly shared her struggles with her fans. I love that about her. And if she is gay and closeted, it really doesn’t matter. She has shared so many life lessons along the way that I’ll give her a pass on that one.
Updated: Wynonna, herself, read this post and assures me she isn’t gay. I, for one, believe her. She’s been open and honest about so much in her life, I have no idea why she would hide that! Way to be you, Wy!