A Tribute to Our (Openly Gay) Publisher
By Juneau and Xena
Ever since Adam Lambert blazed into the collective consciousness of our popular culture, there have been rumblings over the perceived failure of the “gay community” to embrace this glorious emissary of out and proud gay youth. While we in 2009 took OUT Magazine Editor Aaron Hicklin to task for demanding that Adam fall in lock step with OUT’s advocacy agenda, by the same reasoning we won’t criticize a single gay person for not marching to the beat of the Glambert army. It’s all about individuality, and why should any gay man be expected to idolize Adam simply because Adam is gay?
That said, there certainly are growing numbers of gay guys who admire and love Adam. We want to pay tribute to one who saw the light early on: our publisher. The two of us are forever in his debt for being willing to take a chance on our crazy idea. He had not known much about Adam Lambert the day we sent him a sample chapter asking him to “please, talk us out of this if you think it’s ridiculous.” He called us almost immediately. He said he couldn’t put it down. “It’s so honest and revealing, to hear what women say to one another when they’re not around men.” And he was genuinely moved by how Adam had inspired and touched so many lives.
In the same phone call, he agreed to partner with us to make the book happen. He paid for the design, layout, copy-editing and production of the book. His team got to work, producing the beautiful design. They caught the essence of the Adam madness and came up with the Eye of Horus faux tattoo as a gift that comes with every book. Just for us, they created a new imprint – Bad Boys Garage – in the same spirit of reckless fun, but also because, like us, they felt a need to go under cover. A volume of women’s web confessionals about the glittery runner-up of American Idol would “confuse” the staid, major artistic and academic institutions who are their primary clients.
We will be forever grateful to our garage full of Bad Boys for believing in us and in the remarkable story we had to share about the Meaning of Adam Lambert. We hope that some day we’ll earn them back their monetary investment. As for us, truth be told, between our time and out-of-pocket costs, we’ve dug ourselves a capacious financial hole from which we don’t expect to ever emerge. But our rewards are intangible and much more precious to us. So thank you to the Bad Boys for encouraging us to embark on this wonderful journey together and with you, our readers.