Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman made headlines in November 2014 by revealing they were gay within hours of each other ... but they weren't the first country artists to make such an announcement. From Chely Wright -- the first well-known country star to come out, in 2010 -- to songwriter Shane McAnally, there have been a few others helping pave the way in the country music industry.

“It’s pretty silly to know that I’m ashamed of doing this knowing that because I’m in a genre and in an industry that is ashamed of me for being me," Gilman said in his coming out video. "And I know some people won’t agree with this, and that’s OK. To each his own."

Click through the gallery above to learn more about country's LGBTQ artists.