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A Tribute to Our (Openly Gay) Publisher

June 22, 2012

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?

The Outsiders

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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. idolholic permalink
    June 22, 2012 8:39 am

    Thanks for sharing this bit of background about your fabulous book! And thanks to the publisher who made this book happen, because it’s been such a powerful force in connecting like-minded Glamberts from around the world :0) !

  2. June 22, 2012 4:15 pm

    How many times have you read in blogs or on comments, “too bad Adam is gay” or “I wish he wasn’t gay”, etc. I think that the majority of his most loyal fans know that if Adam wasn’t gay he certainly wouldn’t be the beautiful man who we love today. If he was straight would he be sensitive to stage glamour, costuming, makeup, posing, music, and his wonderful glamberts? Would he, if he were a straight man, open his heart and mind over the internet on twitter and facebook and be honest about his feelings and lifestyle on the many videos we hunger for? Would he have his “fierce” attitude we love to see when he’s performing? And, if he was a straight man, would he know how beautiful he truly is? I think he knows, don’t you?

    • June 22, 2012 4:39 pm

      Hang on to your hat Sandy! We have an expert guest lined up for a future radio show who will talk about what gay men and straight women have in common as well as gay men and straight men.

      Thanks!
      Xena

  3. M-E permalink
    June 22, 2012 4:35 pm

    So glad your publisher took such a gamble; I do hope all of you recoup your monetary investments someday, but rest assured there is so much more than money involved in your labor of love and all us Glamberts are truly grateful!

  4. Victoria permalink
    June 22, 2012 5:08 pm

    Adam is losing on this website to David Archuleta. Please vote for hm now.

    http://www.q102.com/pages/ultimate_fan/

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