Country music star Paul Haggerty dies at 78

Country music star Paul Haggerty dies

A close acquaintance confirmed that the 78-year-old passed away on Monday after suffering a stroke a few weeks earlier.

With the band Lavender Country, Haggerty made history as the first openly homosexual country music performer.

The name of their debut album from 1973 was “Lavender Country.” It was often regarded as a protest record against country music.

For several years, he did not create another record.

During the intervening years, Haggerty campaigned for socialism and LGBTQ rights.

In 2014, he re-released “Lavender Country” and afterward created an additional CD with other LGBTQ musicians.