This weekend, country music musician Cameron Hawthorn effectively came out as gay in the video for his love song, “Dancing in the Living Room.”
In the video, couples of different ages and genders slow dance with one another in their respective houses, sharing a moment of love and intimacy. At the end of the video, Hawthorn returns home to a man, and the two dance together, tenderly holding one another and trading glances.
Hawthorn told The Advocate, “I remember always thinking how special it was to dance freely with my boyfriend in the living room of our apartment—being gay, it’s not as easy to dance as a couple in public together as it is for a straight couple.”
He said he wanted to express the specialness of such intimate moments, shared in the privacy of one’s own home.
Hawthorn also served as the video’s co-director. You can watch the video below for yourself:
The song’s lyrics say, “If the neighbors know, then give them a show. / I don’t care either way / ‘cause we do us and love is love. / Until we grow old and grey / we’re staying up late / dancing in the living room…. / I’ve got you in my arms / and I’m right at home…”
After an outpouring of fan support, Hawthorn wrote on Twitter, “I’m so beyond happy by all of the love pouring in for “Dancing in the Living Room”. Wow. It has been an absolute delight reading your comments & messages. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Truly means the world.”
I’m so beyond happy by all of the love pouring in for “Dancing in the Living Room”. Wow. It has been an absolute delight reading your comments & messages. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Truly means the world ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KOUGFxzPVn
— Cameron Hawthorn (@cmrnhwthrn) March 9, 2019
Hawthorn is just the most recent male country performer to come out. In November 2014, country music singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman both separately came out as gay. In May 2010, female country music star Chely Wright came out as lesbian.