Debby Boone opens up about how she has reconciled her Christian beliefs with being pro-gay
'I am one of the people that has made the transition from an old way of thinking to a new one'
Three-time Grammy winner Debby Boone may be from one of the most famous Christian families in the US but she has become staunchly pro gay.
Boone, whose father is anti-gay singer and actor Pat Boone, attended the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday with lesbian friends and talked about her journey to becoming a Christian who embraces the LGBT community.
‘I’m really happy to be here in support of GLAAD, because I am one of the people that has made the transition from an old way of thinking to a new one,’ she said in a red carpet interview with Traipsing Thru Films.
Boone, 57, had one of the biggest pop hits of the 1970s with You Light Up My Life which spent 10 weeks as number one on the Billboard charts.
‘It’s getting to know people,’ Boone said of her enlightenment. ‘A lot of the gay and lesbian people who I have come to know really well. I just can’t continue to reconcile what I believed with what I know now. It has really shifted the way I grew up thinking.’
Boone admits ‘it was a tough transition.’
‘And it is for a lot of people so I think I have compassion for both sides,’ she says. ‘It’s not about good and bad people. It’s just about continuing to tell the truth and the truth will do the work.’
Boone is married to Gabriel Ferrer whose parents are the late singer Rosemary Clooney and the late actor Miguel Ferrer. She attended the GLAAD ceremony with a lesbian couple who attended the church where her husband was associate rector.