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 Stone.

“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 Horbelt.

“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.