Only four contestants remain on the NBC
talent contest The Voice, including openly gay Beverly
McClellan and Vicci Martinez.
McClellan and Martinez will face off
against Dia Frampton and Javier Colon next week and a winner will be
crowned on Wednesday.
Two gay men, Tyler Robinson and Nakia,
also competed for the show's $100,000 prize and a recording contract.
came out gay to his father on the show's premiere, was eliminated
early on, while Martinez edged out Nakia this week to move on to the
Forty-one-year-old McClellan said in a
cover story with lesbian glossy She
that NBC executives have been supportive of her relationship.
“NBC has been entirely non-judgmental
and supportive of everyone's individuality,” McClellan said.
“My girlfriend is my best friend, my
lover, my heart,” she added. “I can never thank her enough.”
Martinez, 26, a Seattle resident, told
lesbian entertainment website AfterEllen.com that she never
considered hiding her sexuality.
“I'm not going to hide it,” she
said. “I've been very public about it and I've had people say,
'Well, why don't you just keep them guessing?' You can hit all the
markets.' No. Especially if you're with somebody; it's so
disrespectful. It was hard for me coming out to my parents. And for
me, I've already gone through that hurdle, and I'm not going to go
through it again.”