Adam Lambert sat down with NewsRadio 1020 KDKA ahead of his upcoming concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the interview, Lambert admitted that he went on American Idol to just, well, break into show business; however, he said that he “realized the reach that you can have as a celebrity,” and that it would be “irresponsible of me not to use my visibility for a-a cause greater than myself.”
Lambert has been heavily involved in LGBT rights causes.
KDKA host Joe DeStio asked about being openly gay and being an LGBT rights activist harming Lambert’s career. DeStio noted that there have been protests of his concerts overseas. Still, Lambert responded that there may be some times when his activism and his sexual orientation may have harmed his career, but he “sits there in fifteen years from now, twenty years from now, I don’t want to look back with any regrets.” He also said “ultimately, that integrity is more important than the immediate sales or measurable success.”
Lambert admitted that he does have a bit of fun riling people up, though, saying “Just between me and you, I think it’s a little bit fun.”
He went on to note that the music industry seems to be lagging behind when it comes to LGBT concepts. He pointed out how the other elements of the entertainment industry have been working on those concepts, but the music industry still seems very reluctant to get involved in that. Unfortunately, this is true. While there are a handful of openly lesbian or gay performers, most in the mainstream tend to keep their music carefully gender and sexual orientation neutral.
Here is the full interview. Unfortunately, I couldn’t embed it.
Lambert is headlining the “Pride in the Street Festival” this upcoming Saturday.