There are a few more choice quotes from Rolling Stoneâ€™s story â€œWild Idol: The Psychedelic Transformation and Sexual Liberation of Adam Lambert,â€ on newsstands now.
On experiencing discrimination: A few years ago, I did a musical with Val Kilmer, The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. I was finally personally awakened, wearing nail-polish, feeling attractive and comfortable in my own skin for the first time. Weâ€™d go out sometimes with Val, and it was the first time Iâ€™d ever been around a celebrity â€” it felt really fabulous. One night, we hung out at his house and Sean Lennon came over to jam with us. I was like, John Lennonâ€™s son? This is the coolest thing Iâ€™ve done in my life. But I had a lot of problems with the people putting on the show. One day, the director pulled me aside and said, â€œCan you turn it down? The producers are a little uncomfortable. Itâ€™s a little too â€¦ gay.â€ I was like, â€œUm, are we doing a musical here? Iâ€™m sorry, there are fags all over the place, dude.â€ It was very upsetting.
On making his sexuality public: There are so many old-fashioned ways of looking at things, and if we want to be a progressive society, we have to start thinking in a different way. Thereâ€™s the old industry idea that you should just make sexuality a non-issue, just say your private lifeâ€™s your private life, and not talk about it. But thatâ€™s bullshit, because private lives donâ€™t exist anymore for celebrities: they just donâ€™t. I donâ€™t want to be looking over my shoulder all the time, thinking I have to hide, being scared of being found out, putting on a front, having a beard, going down the red carpet with some chick who is posing as my girlfriend. Thatâ€™s not cool, thatâ€™s not being a rock star. I canâ€™t do that.