As long as you don’t say the words, some people will continue to believe what they want.
Coming out on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine is a statement as big as his voice. As he says in the article, he lived in LA as a gay man. There wasn’t any option to pull a Clay Aiken. He was out and proud and even though it may have cost him the Idol title, the fact that he did so well is pretty incredible. It’s another sign that the tide really is turning in the US. (At least in the demographic that votes on Idol).
It will be very interesting to see how his upcoming album will do. I’m hoping that he will be judged on his talent and not his sexuality; although sex and rock and roll are pretty hard to separate.
Adam Lambert tells Rolling Stone in its new issue:
"I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay. I've been living in Los Angeles for eight years as a gay man. I've been at clubs drunk making out with somebody in the corner...Right after the finale, I almost started talking about it to the reporters, but I thought, ‘I’m going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be cooler. I didn’t want the Clay Aiken thing and the celebrity-magazine bullshit. I need to be able to explain myself in context. I’m proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It’s just another part of me....[Ultimately], I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader."