Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Idol's Adam Lambert Comes Out: News or Snooze?

In the current issue of Rolling Stone, second place American Idol contestant, Adam Lambert says, “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay.”

Lambert says in the interview, “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.”

The prime time goth-glam sensation added,“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 sure the exclusivity clause in his contract with the rock 'n roll rag had nothing to do with it.

When asked to respond to the revelation of Lambert's secret sexuality, the people of earth said, "Duh!"

Maybe it's a sign of the times that nobody is surprised any more when an American Idol contestant comes out. In the early 70' s when Elton John started his career prancing around the stage wearing a gold lame' rhinestone-studded body suit with six inch platform shoes, people thought he was just being outrageous like David Bowie and Liberace and everyone knew they weren't queer. It was unthinkable that an international superstar could be "that way" no matter how flamboyant they looked or behaved. After all, Elvis dressed the same way.

The real story, once again, is that when a celebrity comes out these days it's not a bigger story. As all LGBT people know, and the rest of the world is learning, while it's never easy to come out, getting it over with early life is better for everyone. Once the secret is known, it can't be used against you.

Closeted people everywhere can take a lesson from Lambert's non-revelation. When you live your life openly and honestly you don't have to live in fear of exposure. Are you paying attention, Miss Cruise?

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