Adam Lambert Discusses The ‘Pushback’ LGBTQ Experience In The USA

Scheduled to perform at the upcoming Pride in London event on July 1, Adam Lambert recently sat down for an interview with This Morning and touched on the subject of how attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community have changed over time.

Mentioning his personal experience as a gay artist, the singer said:

“For me, being a gay man in, you know, media has been a really interesting journey. One that I’m really grateful for, and I think that over the past decade or so, you’ve seen, like, a big shift in acceptance and visibility and all these things. You know, people understand it more now. They’re less scared of it. I think it’s nice to be a part of the force that helps people open their minds.”

When asked whether people’s reactions changed depending on the place, he continued as follows:

“Yeah. I mean, there’s different attitudes in different countries for sure. I think, right now, even in the US, you’re seeing a strange sort of pushback, and it’s probably in response to the fact that we’re shining so brightly and so beautifully.

The community has come really far, and we’ve made a lot of strides. Our equality is starting to come around, but there’s always gonna be people that are a little scared of what they don’t understand or reject something that they are confused about.”

Ahead of his performance, Lambert also recorded a cover of Sylvester’s 1978 LGBTQ+ disco anthem, ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).’ During another interview with Advocate, he discussed the upcoming record, set to debut on Good Morning America on June 23.

Expressing his admiration for the original singer, Queen vocalist said:

“I’ve always loved the song, and I am really excited to put my style behind it. I have always been fascinated by San Francisco in the ’60 and ’70s, and I saw a documentary about the intersection of the queer and hippie communities. Also, I was fascinated by the performance art of the Cockettes, which Sylvester was a part of for a few years.

The modernized version is a tribute that honors Sylvester. He was way ahead of his time in terms of his attire, flamboyance, and his performances. He was such a pioneer, and I only hope that my version maintains the original soul of the song.”

For the Pride in London parade, Adam Lambert will share the stage at Trafalgar Square with several other artists, including Todrick Hall and Idina Menzel. A few months after that, in October, the singer will join Queen for their Rhapsody Tour in North America.