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Adam Lambert Finds His Voice… for Marriage Equality

September 26, 2012

“Marriage equality…is a human-rights issue—it’s nonpartisan, and I think it should bring people together, which is what I’m all about.”
– Adam Lambert in Washingtonian interview

Tonight’s benefit concert in support of Maryland’s Civil Marriage Protection Act feels like another milestone in the personal journey of Adam Lambert. He has come a long way since American Idol, from the life of a West Hollywood club kid who was laser-focused on his music career and paying little attention to politics or the burden that was about to be thrust upon him, to be a role model or lightning rod whether he had asked for it or not. Tonight, we had the privilege of witnessing an Adam who was incandescent, burning bright with a new confidence to speak about matters of real consequence for people’s lives, all while cavorting with his band and the audience.

When I first met Adam, at the barricades after the American Idols concert in Providence, I gave him a gift – an Equality pendant from the Human Rights Campaign. I wondered if he would even recognize it. For me, it felt like planting a seed – it was my way of expressing the hope that some day he would be ready to own the civil rights issue of his generation.

In the several years since then, I found myself puzzled that a man as evidently intelligent as Adam seemed almost deliberately clueless about political and social issues. It was as though he felt he didn’t have permission to venture into this territory — territory that had clearly been staked out by his pugnacious brother (sorry Neil).

We’ve seen Adam take gradual steps towards speaking out on marriage equality, urged forward by awards and recognitions, but with tonight’s event he has fully seized the issue as his own. He flew his band across the country on short notice, impelled by the urgency of a fast-approaching Election Day, and tonight there were no award show hosts to frame the topic. He was there by himself, speaking from his heart in his own, authentic voice. And it was one of my favorite performances yet. Bravo. Maestro.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. pat permalink
    September 26, 2012 1:08 pm

    He really was amazing,wasn’t he?
    I lean towards thinking he always has had his own opinions and I can’t imagine he didn’t know the equality symbol but you make an interesting point re Neil and Adam.
    My sister and I never competed in the same arena either.
    I think Adam is a classic big brother and is trying to build Neil up by these comments………………although in the context of last night……..they were pretty hilarious.
    Where else could he squeeze in that he just really wants to play dress up with such adorable goofiness?’
    He made a great point by doing that. Stay who you are if you are not at a serious stage in your life,this is simple,its just equal rights,you really don’t have to stress the rest if you don’t want to.
    Even a passionate and massive Obama supporter like myself,can see the merit in the way Adam presented yes on 6 last night.
    His joyousness was even more infectious than usual,if thats even possible.

  2. M-E permalink
    September 26, 2012 1:21 pm

    Was there last night. Speaking from the heart seemed very natural to him; it was obvious he didn’t have to write a speech – he just spoke the truth. Loved that he seemed so relaxed, happy and really zany! Worth the 8 hours of driving in one day!

    • pat permalink
      September 26, 2012 4:53 pm

      I am so jealous.I had to make do with video.
      Anything else you want to tell us about it?

  3. September 26, 2012 3:12 pm

    Beautifully stated Juneau! As a PR consultant, I would be thrilled with Adam as a client. He spoke from his own personal, credible position to unify, not divide people on one important issue. The fact that he is not looking for marriage rights for himself right now, only adds to it’s impact. It was genius.


  4. rosemary permalink
    September 27, 2012 12:04 am

    I was there. Took two 7 hr train rides and cancelling the rest of my life for a couple of days to get there, but all worth it. I feel honored to have seen Adam in the context of the benefit, but also had so much fun. There was an intimate party with friends feel to the whole concert. Loved Adam’s zany performances along with his simple, eloquent talk (brief) about one of the most important human rights issues of our day.

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