Part-WAS-Was8882120-1-1-0Church, pickup trucks and dive bars — the imagery of classic country songs evokes “traditional” small-town American life. Now a rising number of openly gay crooners are testing just how inclusive that vision can be. Two prominent singers came out of the closet within hours of each other on Thursday. Ty Herndon, who rose to stardom in the 1990s with both love ballads and Christian songs, declared himself to be an “out, proud and happy gay man.” Herndon, who at 52 has been married twice to women, said that he had struggled since his childhood to come to terms with his sexuality. More