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Adam Lambert: I'm Gay, but Not a Civil Rights Leader

Adam Lambert: I'm Gay, but Not a Civil Rights Leader


"I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay. . . . I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me. . . . I'm trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader."

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert revealed his sexuality in a Rolling Stone cover story (he thought that would be cooler than a celebrity magazine).

Do you think gay public figures have an obligation to work for equality, or is pursuing a successful music career (as an openly gay man) the best way for Adam to open people's minds?

Pacific Coast News Online

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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
I understand what Adam is trying to say; just because someone well-known is gay, does not mean they have to be politically active with the movement. It does not mean he is not supportive, he prefers the focus to be on his music. Nothing offensive.
delovely03 delovely03 6 years
Cirrus, YES, you are fabulous and absolutely RIGHT. haha
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 6 years
Just as an aside, doesn't Adam's boyfriend look like a 70's porn star in that photo? Not too flattering, I must say.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
ok michael I can see how you get that. doesn't mean people who don't fight for rights shouldn't be awarded them. I guarantee there were women who could have cared less during the Suffragette movement (and probably, sadly, women today) if they were granted the right to vote, but they still won that right thanks to others' hard work. I don't think any of those women fought AGAINST women's suffrage, though, or don't appreciate the right.
em1282 em1282 6 years
"I don't think openly gay celebrities should feel like they need to be politically active all of the time. Being openly gay is already helping tremendously. I think most of them still are active for gay rights because of course none of them can honestly say they're happy with the current situation." Yup. Well said.
em1282 em1282 6 years
"I don't think openly gay celebrities should feel like they need to be politically active all of the time. Being openly gay is already helping tremendously. I think most of them still are active for gay rights because of course none of them can honestly say they're happy with the current situation."Yup. Well said.
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 6 years
he says he is not a civil right leader. He is just a musician. To me I feel like he is saying I don't care to fight for freedom and equal right. I just want to make music. I understand him but the way the wording is made it seems as if it's not his problems to fight for equality.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I don't think openly gay celebrities should feel like they need to be politically active all of the time. Being openly gay is already helping tremendously. I think most of them still are active for gay rights because of course none of them can honestly say they're happy with the current situation.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I don't think openly gay celebrities should feel like they need to be politically active all of the time. Being openly gay is already helping tremendously. I think most of them still are active for gay rights because of course none of them can honestly say they're happy with the current situation.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
michaeluvnikita, what do you mean??
alltherage alltherage 6 years
Gay public figures shouldn't have the obligation to do anything. However, just like coming out shouldnt be a big deal because being gay isnt a big deal -- it still is. coming out as a public gay figure doesnt leave much room not to be a spokesperson. It shouldnt be that way but until people come around Lambert will find himself being a spokesperson.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Coming out is a political statement in itself. And while he doesn't need to be a LGBT rights crusader or anything like that, it's great that he *has* come out — proves there's no reason to be ashamed, and shows a lot of gay youth that yes, there are other people like you out there.
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 6 years
then i guess you shouldn't have the right to be gay ( who you are) since some people are trying to take away that right from you.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I don't think he needs to do something just because he is a certain way. If I was abused as a child and all of the sudden burst into the business, I would not have to spend all of my time talking about stopping child abuse or what not. It's good to be passionate about something -- but you don't have to devote your whole life to a trait of yours or a good thing or terrible thing that happened to you.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
good for him, he shouldnt have to be a gay rights leader because he is in the spotlight
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