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LeAnn Rimes Cares So Much About Gay Kids That She’s Taking Cash From Anti-Gay House Republicans

On Dec. 19, days before Christmas, 28-year-old singer LeAnn Rimes appeared on stage with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles for their annual holiday concert. You might remember the evening for her “Sexy Santa” photo, or the fact that she was there with fiance Eddie Cibrian, a relationship that’s drenched in husband-stealing scandal. Or maybe you remembered the evening for Rimes addressing the crowd, in tears, and speaking about “the very tragic year for young gay men and women who’ve been taking their own lives because they can’t be themselves. … It’s really sad when people can’t be themselves, and this is dedicated to all those who’ve lost their lives, and the families, and also to those who haven’t found their way yet, but hopefully they can hang on long enough. And there’s still hope, and it does get better.” The crowd applauded, and Rimes then performed “The Rose,” beautifully, with the chorus. Magically, Rimes has managed to reconcile that sentiment — caring about young kids taking their own lives, because they are the victims of bigots and institutional homophobia — with agreeing to perform tonight in Washington D.C. for the incoming freshman class of Republicans, where tickets cost $2,500. The party is being hosted by California’s incoming Rep. Jeff Denham, who, while a state senator, did things like repeatedly vote against the recognition of gay marriages from other states. Rimes will sing music for a new generation of Republican House members who will help block things like ENDA, UAFA, and the repeal of DOMA from ever moving forward. You know, the very things that could, one day, put an end to young kids thinking they are less than, because it is inscribed that way in this country’s rulebook. So good for you, LeAnn, for having a moral conscience as flexible as those vocals.