Grant, 52, tells PrideSource's Chris Azzopardi that she first became aware of her gay fans when she was 18. She hopes the gay community has responded to her work because of its all-inclusive message.
"Everybody is outside of some circle, but what I've always wanted to do is have a message of honesty and welcoming, and being willing to say this is the good, bad and the ugly," Grant, who is gearing up to release her new album "How Mercy Looks From Here" on May 14, said. "This is who I am. And if I'm saying that about myself, it's like, jump in, the water's fine. So I love that. I love that people connect to my music."
On a personal level, she added, "Even when I was discovering my own sexuality and meeting people that had a different experience, I didn't categorize then, and I don't categorize right now ... When you don't understand something, you can either default to judgment or you can default to compassion."
Though she does not disclose her own stance on marriage equality ("I never talk about anything like that"), Grant revealed she was "honored" to have been recently invited to perform at a same-sex wedding, but had to decline because of scheduling problems.
Still, she joked, "Anytime somebody asks me to perform at a wedding, I say, 'I do not have a good track record.' A lot of the weddings I've performed at, the marriages have ended poorly."
Read the full PrideSource interview with Amy Grant here.