In discussing his controversial
American Music Awards performance, pop singer Adam Lambert says he
doesn't represent the gay and lesbian community.
Lambert's much-ballyhooed performance
during the awards show grabbed international headlines for its
inclusion of a gay kiss and some man-on-man simulated oral sex.
The 28-year-old American Idol
season 8 runner-up came out gay last year on the cover of Rolling
“I don't think it should be a
surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay,” he said.
In a cover story for southern
California gay biweekly Frontiers, Lambert says he's
thrilled with his gay fans, but rejects the notion that he represents
the gay community.
“There were some more conservative
gays that were like, 'You shouldn't be doing that. You're painting
us in a bad light, making us look trashy,'” Lambert told Stephen
“And I remember thinking to myself,
as proud as I am to be a member of the gay and lesbian community,
it's not my job to paint a picture of the community. I'm only
responsible for painting a picture of who I am as an individual. It
was a confusing time, because as proud as I am, I'm not here to
represent a group. I'm here to be an artist.”
“Luckily, people were supportive and
it blew over,” he added.