Well, perhaps it wasn’t a secret to readers of the National Enquirer, but singer Debby Boone of “You Light Up My Life” fame, daughter of ultra-conservative crooner Pat Boone, actually knows and likes gay people! Gasp! She even walked the red carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles last Saturday!
In June 2012, the National Enquirer "exposed Debby Boone’s 'gay secret'":
Debby's hiding a sin-sational secret from her ultra-conservative father Pat—her preacher husband Gabriel Ferrer officiates at gay weddings!
While 78-year-old Pat Boone claims he is not homophobic, the pop legend has been extremely outspoken about his opposition to gay marriage. And dutiful Debby is doing everything in her power to prevent her father from finding out that her hubby of 32 years marries homosexual couples, say sources.
“While Debby and Gabriel are religious and true to their faith, they both believe that gay couples should have the same civil rights as married couples,” revealed an insider. ...
“Debby wishes Pat would change his views and be more accepting of equal rights for gays, but she knows it won’t happen,” said the source. “So in order to maintain a good relationship, she keeps the peace by not letting him in on their secret.”
Well, that secret’s out now! Filmmakers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges interviewed Boone for Frontiers. “I’m really happy to be here in support of GLAAD, because I am one of the people that has made the transition from an old way of thinking to a new one. And I think that's really the crux of what GLAAD is all about,” she said.
Boone said “a lot of things” helped change her mind. “I have really good friends and family members that have changed my mind. And the couple that we're with tonight is a lesbian couple who attended the church where my husband was associate rector.
"And it’s getting to know people. A lot of gay and lesbian people that I have come to know really well and think I just can’t continue to reconcile what I’ve believed with what I know now. And it has really shifted the way I grew up thinking," Boone continued.
"And it was a tough transition, you know. And it is for a lot of people so I think I have compassion for both sides. People that are coming slowly into the future, you know, and starting to get it but you know, it’s not about good and bad people. It’s just about continuing to tell the truth and the truth will do the work.”
Boone, who has a new album out, is participating in APLA’s S.T.A.G.E. event on May 10 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.