Brothers Osborne star TJ Osborne has spoken out after Tennessee lawmakers blocked the passage of a state resolution to honour him after coming out as gay in February.
The measure states that the 36-year-old is the “first and currently only openly gay artist signed to a major country music label” and has become “a trailblazer and a symbol of hope for those country music artists and fans alike who may have felt ostracized [sic] from a genre they hold dear.”
Earlier this week, Republican Jeremy Faison used his power as the House Republican Caucus to block the resolution, after it had been passed unanimously in the state Senate.
In a video of the hearing, he claimed: “We have some concerns”, though he didn’t specify what they were.
The official Twitter account for Brothers Osborne tweeted: “We’ve lived in this state for over half of our lives. @JeremyFaison4TN honored Ben Shapiro who doesn’t even live here.” TJ himself wrote on social media: “I wish I could say this didn’t hurt, but it does.”
Other country stars have also spoken out over the move, including Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves. On Twitter, Musgraves wrote: “Massively disappointed in TN House Republicans for blocking my friend @TJOsborne for being honored because HE’S GAY!?”
Osborne revealed his sexuality in an interview with TIME magazine earlier this year, detailing the support he’s received from his brother John, the other half of Brothers Osborne.