Since publicly speaking about his sexuality as a gay man while starring as a contestant on FOX’s American Idol, Adam Lambert has been one of the music industry’s top LGBT figures in the world today, and William Paterson University students agree.
Lambert has been using his fame to make a difference and raise awareness for the LGBT community by being a part of the Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and the AT&T “Live Proud” campaign. Along with making his music, being a part of these organizations has earned him a loyal and passionate fan base over the years, who are spreading equality for LGBT artists.
One student shared saying, “Media representation is so important, as showcased in the Representation Matters movement,” said Priscilla Cordero, an anthropology major. “Making identities visible in any medium, especially as one as visible as pop music, is helpful to those who identify similarly. If he’s making a positive impact and uplifting the gay community then I’ll support him all the way.”
Another student added, “I saw him on American Idol and he had a good personality. As a black person who believes black individuals should help with black issues, he should do on gay issues due to his sexual orientation,” said Nzinga Banks, a jazz studies major.
“He has that duty in a way to
help others. I think it’s important he’s making a difference with his art because he has that power.”
In an interview with Hunger TV, Lambert talks about how the music industry is quickly becoming more accepting of LGBT artists. He talked about how everything is changing along with society. “I’m thrilled. We have entered a time with a much more level playing field,” said Lambert.
Ashanti Jones, a psychology and Africana world studies major, said, “Music is supposed to be reflective of the times. It’s supposed to incorporate the reality we live in, and reflect true emotions.” She continued saying, “What Adam Lambert is doing is using music for its intended purposes, to make people empathize and understand the times through his gifts and creative capacity.”
“He’s conveying a message pertinent to this generation truth. He’s also using his influence to be a positive advocate for an oppressed people, and I like that.”
A few years ago this may have been more of a controversial issue, but in 2015 things are changing for the better. The LGBT community is being more accepted in the world and in the music industry, which is how it should be and have always been.
In response to being one of the people to change gay negativity through his fame and music, Lambert told Hunger TV, “I think there’s a simple power in being unapologetic and open about who and what you are and not letting it prevent you from getting what you want,” said Lambert. “In that way, I think I’ve made a statement. My wish is for gay to become less of a label, and more of just one of many great colors in the collective box of humanity.”
Just two days after his new single “Ghost Town” was released it reached No. 31 on the US iTunes pop songs chart. His new album The Original High is set to be released this year, June 16.