Watch Chely open up about how she feels since coming out.
Chely also hopes her story helps men and women like herself.
"Young people in every corner of America are being told by their churches, and their parents are echoing what the churches are telling them, that they are damaged goods. And they are not," she says. "I have to stand up. I'm uniquely positioned in my culture of country music. ... Country fans know me. They already think I'm a heck of a gal, a patriot, a good girl, and I am a lesbian. I have been the whole time."