Adam Lambert Says Homophobia Made Him 'Gay As I F---ing Can Be'

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday January 23, 2023

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert  (Source:AP)

Adam Lambert had what some might consider an unconventional approach to making it in Hollywood as an aspiring talent. Facing blatant homophobia, Lambert did what any rockstar would do: He raged against it by being "as gay as I f---ing can be," he said in while picking up an award at the 2023 Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Gala on Saturday.

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Lambert recently landed his first movie role in "Fairyland," a film that Sofia Coppola will co-write, produce. But homophobia in Hollywood made things difficult for him very early on, he explained.

Fourteen years ago when he went to audition for American Idol, he remembers, "When I went to audition, I was like, 'Man, I don't think they're going to take me. I'm the gay guy. This is a pipe dream.'"

Then he made it into the final round and couldn't believe it. "I mean, I had no idea that it would go that long. And then once I got off the show, I got signed a record contract," he recounted. "There was an Entertainment Weekly article that was like, 'Oh, this guy's exciting, and it may or not be because he might be gay.' And I was like, 'Might be?!'"

Being a gay recording artist was a "very interesting journey," he said.

"There were no gay guys. It was kind of the Wild West in terms of that," he continued. "And a year later I did a performance on the evening of my first single coming out, on the American Music Awards. And I did the kind of performance I had seen since I was a teenager. I was kind of sexy, and had dancers on stage, and I did a couple of suggestive moves with a couple of dancers, and an impromptu kiss with my bass player. I was feeling it. Well, I got off stage and I got in trouble," he remembered. "The network was like, 'How dare you?' They banned me for a while. They threatened me with a lawsuit. It was like, 'Oh, okay, that's where we're at.' I didn't know. I'd been in a bubble in LA amongst artists, weirdos, and I didn't realize that that kind of thing would ruffle feathers the way it did."

After trying to fit in and not ruffle feathers, Lambert found the best way for him to succeed was to "be as gay as I f---ing can be. And be flamboyant and be wild, and if it gets me into trouble, it gets me in trouble, but I'm not going to back down from it."

And now we have the Adam Lambert we know and love today.

"Over the past few years, I keep meeting more and more young people that saw me when we were a kid on TV and they're like...'You helped me talk to my parents about being gay," he said.

Now, Lambert believes the music industry considers it a "viable business move to sign gay talent. And the film industry is moving forward. There's more and more queer stories being told."

Visibility is "so powerful," Lambert stressed in the conclusion of his acceptance speech. "The LGBTQ community has been under attack for a long time, are under attack again. There's a lot of conservative pushback, and making art that represents the queer experience and stars people. That gives the LGBTQ community strength...hope. It gives us inspiration. It makes us shed some of that shame and self-loathing that we grow up with. I'm so thrilled to be an artist in this time. We have a lot of challenges in front of us. It's not over yet. There's still work to be done, but I am just so proud of the work that's been done so far."

Thank you, Adam!