For 15 years, Trey Pearson has been the lead singer of Everyday Sunday, a popular Christian rock band that has sold about 250,000 records, toured the U.S. and the world, and scored the top Christian rock hit of 2007. On Tuesday, he announced that he is gay. “I have tried not to be gay for more than 20 years of my life,” the 35-year-old told his fans in a letter. “I’ve tried my whole life to be straight. I married a girl, and I even have two beautiful little kids,” he wrote, explaining that his wife is now a good friend, and “if I keep trying to push this down it will end up hurting her even more.”

Coming out as gay may be career suicide for Pearson, notes Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service. Several Christian artists have revealed themselves to be gay or lesbian in the past few years, he says, and “these musicians paid a hefty price. Since Christian music fans tend to be conservative and believe that homosexual acts are sinful, you won’t hear these artists’ music played in most churches or on Christian radio these days.” READ MORE