Out singer Adam Lambert has called his
coming out “an act of defiance.”
The 37-year-old Lambert came out on the
cover of Rolling Stone after finishing as runner-up on the
eighth season of American Idol.
He is currently promoting his fourth
studio album, Velvet: Side A.
Speaking with the BBC, Lambert
discussed how he was feeling while competing on American Idol
in 2009 as rumors swirled about his sexuality.
“It was stressful and it was
said. “I was like, 'What am I supposed to do?'”
“In hindsight, I realize there is
power in coming out. The act of declaring your sexuality publicly,
once you're a public figure, is an act of defiance in some ways, and
it's also a form of activism,” Lambert said.
On Sam Smith, Lambert said: “Sam is a
really interesting example because they have been able to be fully
mainstream. I mean, mums and dads are buying Sam's album. That's a
big move, a big step.”
He also praised Taylor Swift's LGBT
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“[S]he called people to action. She
got a ton of signatures on a petition for the Equality Act,” he
said, referring to a stalled federal LGBT protections bill. “That's
real action, so it's not just for personal gain. She's putting her
money where her mouth is. And I thought that was really admirable.”