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[NEWS] Adam Lambert Selected to Out 100, Talks About Being A Gay Celebrity

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Hot on the heels of his terrific performance at the MTV European Music Awards with Queen last night, Out Magazine announced today that Adam Lambert has been selected as one of the most noteworthy movers and shakers in gay culture this year. The publication selected Adam Lambert for the second time to its coveted Out 100 list after he was first picked in 2009 (alongside yours truly).

Lambert's appearance at this year's Out 100 list follows a public spat between the singer and Out editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin about the way in which Adam was being "handled" and positioned in the LGTB community. In an article that will run in the December issue of Out, the two candidly discuss their disagreement and make up.

Lambert also looks back at some of the controversy that marked his post-Idol success. "Sometimes I’m not as objective as I could be, and I don’t look at things from the perspective of a first time audience," he explains. That definitely was somewhat the case with the American Music Awards performance [when Adam kissed his keyboard player], I didn’t quite put myself in the position of the viewer at home that had watched me on [American Idol] and the next time they see me on TV, it’s [that] performance. The AMA thing was maybe a little too much, too soon."

The singer adds, "I think it’s been character building, which is great, and it’s definitely put me where I’m at now. I think the hardest thing about being a gay celebrity is that we’re in the middle of a social rights movement and it’s a very hot topic, so we’re at a very pivotal time. Coming out was great, but there are certain issues that always surprise me and I think, Why is this an issue? I live and I’ve grown up in a space that is very accepting and open-minded; I surround myself socially with people that are artists and very bohemian and I forget sometimes that, OK, we’re dealing with mainstream culture now, which does not have the same mentality as I do."

November 7, 2011 | Permalink