Post by 4Ms on May 8, 2012 3:12:21 GMT -5
Rolling Stone May 24: "Adam Lambert's Emotional Rescue" Scans & Transcription
Rolling Stone Issue 1157 - May 24, 2012 - Game of Thrones Master of the Game
ADAM LAMBERT - Rolling Stone article - May 24th issue:
Adam Lambert’s Emotional Rescue
The ‘Idol’ star cleans up his act, scores a boyfriend and aims for the charts
By Jonah Weiner
Adam Lambert’s Hollywood home sits atop a long driveway so steep that you could mistake it for a concrete wall. When Lambert began renting the midcentury modern with stunning city views, he thought the driveway was a pain. “To get up, you’ve got to overshoot it, turn around, come back and then turn in really fast at, like, a 90-degree angle, or else you scrape the whole bottom of your car,” he says. But after photographers caught wind of the American Idol star’s address, Lambert came to appreciate the driveway: “They’re not coming up that thing!”
Lambert in his kitchen, making a pot of Throat Coat tea. His jet-black bangs, tipped with blond, soar high above his forehead. His eyes are ringed with black makeup. There’s a dirty wok on the brushed-metal stove - Lambert and his boyfriend, a Finnish reality-TV star named Sauli Koskinen, have been “getting pretty domestic” lately. They’ve decorated the living room in haute-goth style: skulls in bell jars, a steer skull painted black and white on one wall. A security monitor displays video feeds from a half-dozen camera mounted around the house. “My mom insisted I put them in,” Lambert says. She was like, ‘Did you hear what happened to Lindsay Lohan? Robbers stole her jewelry!’ I was like, ‘Mom, it’s Lindsay Lohan. She probably stole something from them first.’”
Lambert, 30, moved from his native San Diego to L.A. a decade ago. He dropped out of college after five weeks and spent the next few years singing on cruise ships and in a production of Wicked before deciding to audition for Idol in 2009. Lambert was a phenomenon out of the box: His siren-wail high notes won standing ovations from Simon Cowell, while his ambiguous sexuality prompted titillated chatter. Lambert had lived uncloseted since just after high school, but he didn’t come out publicly - in Rolling Stone - until after the Idol finale, because he didn’t want to distract from his singing. “He’s a real artist, very comfortable doing difficult stuff,” says Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers, who collaborated with Lambert on a new song. “He reminded me of when I was working with David Bowie - it was so natural, this laser-focused jam.”
Looking out past his pool, Lambert can gesture down at the city and point out various crappy apartments he has called home. The funny thing, though, is that despite all his success - the Idol triumph; the fact that Justin Timberlake once compared him to Freddie Mercury and then Queen actually hired him to fill in for Mercury at several shows; the “low-five-figures” rent he can afford; the gleaming BMW 650i coupe parked in his garage - Lambert still feels like an impostor. “It’s still kind of nuts to me that I’m standing here,” he says.
That feeling animates Trespassing, Lambert’s new album. “It’s the Idol stigma,” he says. “On red carpets at awards shows, other musicians are either really open to embracing and being friendly and being associated with me, or they just don’t want to.” The feeling is also a function of his 2009 debut, For Your Entertainment, which didn’t ignite the way it could have. And, of course, it’s partially about Lambert’s sexuality. “A lot of times it’s in my own head, but it feels like a political move to be friends with someone like me,” he says. Elton John invited him to an Oscar party in February, and he’s chummy with Katy Perry, but he says he has no real famous friends: “Everyone I’m friends with now, I knew before.”
”This guy sang his heart out and expressed himself, and still he felt he wasn’t garnering the respect he deserved,” says Pharrell Williams, who worked on Trespassing. “And he felt his sexual orientation was always at the helm of any conversation about him.” With Trespassing, rather than shying away from the confrontation, he doubles down, as on “Outlaws Of Love,” a wounded ballad about gay persecution. “I wanted to be careful it wasn’t too much about the empowerment stuff,” he says. “With the title track it’s not like, ‘You can do it.’ It’s more like, ‘Fuck that shit.’
”I still feel like I’m not welcome,” Lambert adds. ” I went to the Grammys this year and felt really weird, like an outsider. Pop music feels like high school again - like, there’s the really cool kids, and I’m not one of those.”
You can’t talk about Lambert without talking about the blow job. He inaugurated his post-Idol career with the most scandalous display of fake felatio in pop history. It was November 2009, and Lambert was performing at the American Music Awards. At one point, he grabbed a male backup dancer’s head and thrust it toward his crotch. “It just kind of happened,” Lambert says. He says it wasn’t intended as a statement, it was just rock & roll spontaneity. Ditto his decision to kiss his male keyboardist. “The network people got upset, because there were complaints from a parent religious group - like, 1,500 complaints out of however many millions watched the show,” Lambert says.
The broadcast’s West Coast feed edited out the blow job and while it kept in the kiss, it switched to a faraway shot. Lambert says the controversy killed his single at radio. “My biggest confession afterward was, I felt like it was a double standard,” he says, “Female performers get away with anything they want, practically, and even straight male performers get away with a lot more than that.”
Defiant as this sounds, there probably won’t be any fake-blow-job headlines in Lambert’s near future. Since turning 30, he’s mellowed a bunch. “I have a very gluttonous, hedonist personality,” he says. “I love the idea of a wild night out, and if there could be an orgy in the corner and a hookah over there - I love the idea of that. But I’m moving out of that phase of my life.”
His romantic life has stabilized too. From 25 to 28, Lambert was single. “It was a brutal four-year period,” he says. “I was romantic, but life whittled that away. Gays don’t date. Most guys, you ask them out and they’re like, ‘What?’ I was hurt a lot.”
Not that he didn’t have fun. “I had some great nights - and some great mornings.” He reveals that he had sex with a woman for the first time. So how did he like straight sex? “I’m open, but it’s personal, so I’m not going to go into that,” he says. “I’m just a person that likes to try everything, so I’ve tried everything.”
At a Helsinki club in November 2010, while on tour in Europe, Lambert met Koskinen - a Finnish Big Brother winner with the carved cheekbones, chilly affect and overall undead hotness of a Blade villain. “I had a lollipop in my mouth, and he kind of smiled at me, so I took the lollipop out of my mouth and put it in his mouth,” Lambert says. “I was like, ‘He’s open-minded!’” A month later they rendezvoused in Paris and vacationed in Bora Bora.
Last December, Lambert awoke with a brutal hangover in a Helsinki jail cell. “I still had on leather pants and high-heel platforms from the night before,” he recalls, chagrined. He was in town to celebrate Christmas with Koskinen’s family; at a club, he’d been drinking peppermint vodka and blacked out (Lambert suspects someone spiked his drink). He got into a drunken brawl with Koskinen that spilled onto the street. “We were on the floor wrestling,” Lambert says, relaying what the police told him. “There were no charges, thankfully.” Lambert describes the night as “a wake-up call” - he hasn’t been drunk since, and he and Koskinen have taken to juicing and jogging together.
Lambert heads to a rehearsal studio, where he’s practicing with his band as they prepare to hit the road for a month. He steps to the microphone in a black T-shirt, fidgeting with his in-ear monitor, ironing out the kinks in the arrangement of “Outlaws Of Love.” “This feels too big, too loud,” he says. “Do the recorded backing vocals just come in at the end? Turn ‘em off.”
He gives the song another go, then flops at the edge of the stage, running his hand through his hair. “I have to stop singing,” he says. “My ears are getting tired. I have a headache.” Lambert is happier promoting this album than he was with For Your Entertainment, the making of which was rushed and somewhat haphazard. “The last one, we were guessing,” he says at lunch. “There was no time to let it settle and live with the music. It was ‘Get it out there before people forget about you.’” For Trespassing, he took his sweet time exploring a fun, hybrid sound. “I’m not borrowing so much from classic rock this time - more from disco, funk, house. Dance-oriented stuff. I want to make something that’s new, that feels like it’s mixing a bunch of things together.” You can hear that on the Pharrell-produced title track, where a house-music thud, screeching guitar, funk bass line, and “we will rock you” hand claps war with one another for space.
But he clearly isn’t overjoyed about the marathon of album-plugging, which starts the next day. Lambert used to sell makeup at Macy’s - “I learned a lot about being the professional ‘gay best friend;’” - and this aspect of the business reminds him of those days. “When I go to radio stations and meet fans, it’s retail in the most fucked-up way,” he says. “What I’m so grateful for this year is I didn’t have to do anything except work on the album.”
As Lambert pulls on his leather jacket, an assistant tells him to “pack for a month,” and he groans theatrically. He hugs everyone and heads out to the parking lot. Koskinen’s at home, and they’re going to spend their last night together greatly, cooking and watching TV. “It’s cool.” Lambert says. “Making the album was the art part. Now comes the work part.”
He climbs into his BMW and heads for the hills, where he will zigzag higher and higher up narrow streets, reach his house, and try his best not to scrape the car going up his driveway.
Post by 4Ms on May 9, 2012 13:44:48 GMT -5
EW "Trespassing" Review
julian montenegro @julianm6
@ew Melissa Maerz, FAIL- for only referring to
@adamlambert's sexuality condescendingly in an
article that's supposed to be about his music
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Adam Lambert @adamlambert
@julianm6 eeeeew yeah she comes across as
pretty ig'nant, huh? Haha
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Reviewed by Melissa Maerz | May 09, 2012
FABULOUS 'IDOL' Lambert's latest rings in larger-than-life anthems that end up feeling exaggerated
Details Release Date: May 15, 2012; Lead Performance: Adam Lambert; Genre: Pop; Production: RCA
Adam Lambert might be the only American Idol alum who considers purple eyeliner a daytime look. So it's hard to understand why it took him so long to make his big gay dance-club album. Even after he came out in 2009, the eighth-season runner-up didn't stop flirting with the straight crowd, indulging in classic-rock guitars and gender-neutral pronouns on his debut, For Your Entertainment. But on Trespassing, he's left the closet far behind — defending gay marriage (''Outlaws of Love'') and celebrating what happens when two consenting adults love each other enough to share their safe words (''Chokehold''). He's also officially coming out as a superfan of funk, '80s-night house, and Studio 54 grooves, tapping Chic's Nile Rodgers to produce, along with Pharrell Williams and Dr. Luke. Thanks to these pop vets, Trespassing's first half is a study in fabulosity: ''Kickin' In'' is stripper-heel disco at its finest, and the rousing ''Shady'' plants its freak flag in the uncharted territory between Nine Inch Nails and Michael Jackson. Too bad the ballad-heavy second half is so laughably over-the-top. By the end, our hero is wailing about fallen Towers of Babel and ripping away his flesh and bone to a ''red river of screams.'' Cheer up, Glammy. It's nothing a little makeup remover can't fix. B-
Scissor Sisters-inspired Kickin' In
Industrial Pounder Shady
ONE OF 1000+ RESPONSES
Posted Friday 11th May 2012 from Twitlonger
alright its really long but here is my letter to the Editor of Entertainment Weekly that I am mailing:
RE: Review of Adam Lambert album dd May 9, 2012
I am still fairly in shock as I sit here writing this; I am quite literally astounded that a professional writer in a reputable magazine, or for that matter a normal intelligent person from ANY background, would write the things I have read in this review. Are there no editorial controls at your magazine? The writer is most surely at fault but anyone who reviewed this and ok’d it for print is equally at fault for the insensitive, narrow minded stereotyping muck you subjected me to.
The first sentence is silly but not entirely devoid of a certain mean spirited humor. Then the second sentence slaps you in the face. I am fairly certain I made a comical face that said REALLY???? to anyone that might have seen me.
This should have been my key to stop reading but then it was like slowing down to look at an accident.
I am being at my kindest in assuming the writer thought she was being funny but in all honesty the vileness of this homophobic tripe is fairly astounding and only the densest and most clueless and unintelligent person would not see that. Who agreed to let this be printed?
In this day and age in particular, when we as a society are trying to progress, when we are telling our young people, different is ok, do not fear different, do not judge, do not bully, you print an article that limits this singer solely to his sexual orientation. There is no other way to view this, if Adam Lambert was straight, the review would be ENTIRELY DIFFERENT.
You limit what you think this singer can and SHOULD do based on his sexual orientation only: only “gay”dance music, how dare he try to flirt with the “straight crowd” in rock? Does he not know that gay guys can only do gay things and dance music is gay, rock is not (bad on you Freddie Mercury and Rob Halford but to be fair you had us fooled well).
Why did it take him so long to see this? He’s so silly trying to do “straight” people things…don’t try this at home kids, no straight things for you, don’t try to be a police officer or doctor, you are a fabulous gay boy, embrace it!!! Don’t fight it!! You are allowed to do gay things: hairdresser, florist, clothing designer.
He left the closet behind, now since he has been openly gay the whole time – this implies again that being openly gay but doing non gay things like trying to do rock is somehow denying the true essence of who you are, being in a virtual closet. This is homophobia and stereotyping at its very very worst: See? We are not homophobic, we LOVE gay people, they need to embrace who they are be the very gayest they can. Don’t try to pretend to be straight, be that flaming fag and jump out of the closet; we won’t hate you – as long as you stay in your place. Like back in the 60’s when black singers were fine, they entertained us. But don’t try to go my school or sit next to me like you are my equal.
It is NO accident that contained in that sentence of coming out of the closet is then a reference to a song about S&M – leave the closet behind and “celebrate what happens when two consenting adults love each other enough to share their safe words”. Again, I am incredulous that the offensiveness of this comment does not jump out at a normal, rational person. I just thought REALLY????
Come out of the closet and embrace the sick twisted unhealthy gay sex lifestyle. I listened to this song and it is not about that, although it is interesting that Rhianna DOES have a song CALLED S&M that sings about it but this is not an issue for a straight person. My God, my blood is boiling as I type this at the stereotyping and the harmful message this sends to any gay person, particularly young gay people who might read this.
It is only half way through this pile of muck that the person actually gets into reviewing the music but her view through the HE IS GAY prism still makes her use lots of code words in the review: the “fabulosity” of the dance songs, because gays are “fabulous” (this needs to be said in a very high pitched voice and preferably with a few finger snaps I think, right?) We like our gays to fit the funny gay BFF stereotype and so the happy gay dance songs are great – he’s letting his “freak” flag wave….cuz of course gays are freaks (see sexual deviant tendencies discussed above as reference).
Then he is sad and this is laughable, because gays can be sooooooo dramatic (am I right?).
Then the crowning statement to sum up the entire review:
Cheer up, Glammy. It’s nothing a little makeup remover can’t fix.
Glammy??? Let’s not address the artist as anything but stilly glam boy (Glammy?? Really? do I need to insert the definition of condescending here?)
He is a silly gay boy in purple eyeliner (she makes sure to say purple to differentiate from black eyeliner which actually is very rock n roll and we have established above that gay boys should NOT pretend to be rock n roll, they need to embrace their “fabulosity” and we all know that purple = gay)
And if he just took off the silly gay make up he would feel better.
This last sentence is really fascinating to me.
The entire article is a study in someone saying hey you are gay, Im so glad you embraced that finally and stopped trying to act like a normal straight person. You now realize your natural place in the musical world, please stay there.
BUT THEN her true feelings could not help but come out Freudian style……
Yes you are sad but it’s nothing a little make up remover can’t fix: so REALLY she is saying ICK!, gays are gross, the eyeliner is gross, take it off and everything is much better.
So actually no, don’t be gay, don’t act gay, do NOT show me your gay, just no, please be invisible, clean your face and go away.
I have written two pages and actually I go still go on and on. I will admit that some of these points, while real and serious, are more subtle and a person lacking a certain sensitivity might miss the condescending discrimination behind them. But again, to open the review talking about the BIG GAY ALBUM needed to be a red flag to someone at your institution because that IS it THAT blatant, THAT offensive and I am seriously shocked and dismayed that this type of harmful nonsense is allowed at your magazine.
Post by 4Ms on May 9, 2012 13:45:56 GMT -5
Spin or Bin (Singapore): "Trespassing" Review Verdict POP. PREMIUM. DELUXE.
Spin or Bin Music Exclusive: Hear Adam Lambert’s New Album ‘Trespassing' Before The Official Release Here!
Millions of Glamberts have been anticipating the arrival of Adam Lambert‘s long awaited second album Trespassing. The American Idol runner-up blamed the delay on his need for perfection and promised fans the wait would be worth it.
And the verdict? I was totally blown away on my first listen to Lambert’s sophomore effort. This album is…
POP. PREMIUM. DELUXE.
So many amazing songs on this album including Kickin’ in, Runnin’, Naked Love, Broken English, Chokehold, and Underneath. I am totally in love with disco workout track Cuckoo and can’t stop playing it. Nevertheless it is easier to get into for me. Maybe that’s because For Your Entertainment was more of a big mix of genres and this album seems more like one body of work.
I can’t believe this album comes from someone who almost won American Idol. Idol fans will be offended once again.
Stream the album in FULL below!
Adam Lambert’s sophomore album Trespassing will be released in Singapore on May 15. Win a chance to catch Adam Lambert and Queen perform in London when you pre-order the album before May 15! More details here!
Post by 4Ms on May 9, 2012 13:46:13 GMT -5
Buzzin.se (Sweden): "Trespassing" Review Rating : 4/5
Listen to the whole Adam Lambert album
Posted on May 9, 2012 by admin
On May 14 release Adam Lambert, his album Trespassing but you can already listen to it.
The disc is filled with awesome tracks in a great pop / rock blend. Buzzin.se lists the five best tracks that you need to hear:
"Shady" - awesome song that gets stuck in your head right away. Will most likely be a single.
"Better Than I Know Myself" - first single.
"Never Close Our Eyes" - the second single.
"Runnin '" - the disc's best tracks. A perfect song for the gym.
"Underneath" - gorgeous ballad.
Rating : 4/5
Post by 4Ms on May 9, 2012 13:46:30 GMT -5
Nile Rodgers Blog "Trust the Process"
Trust the Process
Nile Rodgers | May 9, 2012
Without ever meeting each other, Adam and I booked a studio and decided to Trust the Process
Adam Lambert's new album Trespassing has leaked out. Most of you have already heard the song that I played on called "Shady." What you don't know is the Process. It started with a tweet to me from Adam and Sam Sparro asking me to play on this funky track.
After chatting a bit we realized that there was only one way this could happen. Without ever meeting each other, Adam and I booked a studio - and as John Taylor from Duran Duran would say, we decided to Trust the Process.
Adam was professional and focused but he also allowed me to interpret the song my way
This smile of Adam Lambert says it all - This is why I play music
Post by 4Ms on May 9, 2012 13:47:00 GMT -5
FYE Is Certified PLATNIUM!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 17:46
FYE is certified PLATNIUM!
The platinum-certified statement comes from Adam's updated RCA bio:www.rcamusicgrouppress.com/index.php?artist=Adam_Lambert#Biography
"In 2009, Lambert released his debut album, the Platinum-certified For
Your Entertainment, scored the smash single “Whataya Want From Me,”
and set out on his 2010 Glam Nation World Tour, taking his electrifying
show to thousands of fans across the globe who screamed his name and
happily sang along with every word of his genre-bending electro-pop-
Post by 4Ms on May 9, 2012 13:47:15 GMT -5
Queen + Adam Lambert Announce 3rd Hammersmith Apollo Show ~ Saturday July 14th!
Queen Official @queenwillrock
Queen + Adam Lambert announce a third and final show at
Hammersmith Apollo for Saturday July 14th! Tickets go on... fb.me/UJ8U7eip
2:00 AM - 10 May 12 via Facebook
Queen + Adam Lambert announce a third and final show at Hammersmith Apollo for Saturday July 14th!
Tickets go on sale Monday May 14th from 9am (GMT) at www.hmvapollo.com
or by calling the box office on 0843 221 0100 or the National Credit Card Hotline 0844 875 8758. www.queenonline.comwww.queenonline.com/
AFTER ‘INSTANT’ SELL-OUT QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT ADD THIRD LONDON DATE
QUEEN today announced that they will add a third London concert with Adam Lambert at HMV Hammersmith Apollo in July. The band’s two dates at the venue - July 11 and 12 - hastily added after the cancellation of Sonisphere, sold out instantly.
Promoter Paul Roberts confirmed the two earlier London shows sold out ‘within minutes’.
Queen and Adam Lambert’s third date will take place Saturday July 14. Tickets go on sale on at 9.00am on Monday, May 14.
The added London date will be the final show of five dates Queen and Adam Lambert will play together this summer. In addition to the Hammersmith shows, Queen and Lambert will also appear at Moscow Sports Arena (July 3) and at The Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw, Poland (July 7).
Speaking at the time of making the announcement Brian May said: “Adam has an extraordinary voice - no two ways about it. So we’ll be exploring new ways to do things. So it will be exciting!”
Roger Taylor last week described the collaboration with Lambert as "fireworks."
Queen + Adam Lambert, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Saturday July 14.
Doors 6.30pm - Show Time 8.00pm. Box Office: 0843 221 0100
National Credit Card Hotline 0844 875 8758 Or www.ticketzone.co.uk
© MMXII Queen Productions, All Rights Reserved.
Post by 4Ms on May 9, 2012 13:47:57 GMT -5
Advocate.com EXCLUSIVE: "Listen to Adam Lambert's Song About LGBT Equality"
EXCLUSIVE: Listen to Adam Lambert's Song About LGBT Equality
BY JEREMY KINSER | MAY 10 2012 10:56 AM ET
Music superstar Adam Lambert says he was inspired to write "Outlaws of Love," one of standout tracks on his new album Trespassing, by the struggle for marriage equality.
"I wrote 'Outlaws of Love' to lament the LGBT community's struggle for equal rights and acceptance," the singer tells The Advocate. "It saddens me to think that we find ourselves essentially 'outlawed' in certain communities because of our basic human desire for companionship. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. I am thrilled that President Obama had the guts to speak out —even in an election year — for the traditional American values of justice and equality for all. It's a bold step in the right direction."
Trespassing, the followup to Lambert's hit debut album For Your Entertainment, will be released May 15. Listen to "Outlaws of Love" below.
Hot Sheet: Cheyenne Jackson Changes His Tune
The top 10 entertainment highlights on our gaydar this week: Cheyenne Jackson wants to drive you home, Adam Lambert hits the dance floor, Diana Ross is anything but all wet, and more.
BY JEREMY KINSER | MAY 11 2012 4:00 PM ET
1. MUSIC: Trespassing, Adam Lambert
On half of his often-dazzling sophomore album the pop superstar makes the dance record we’ve longed for, but Glambert also wraps his magnificent voice around gorgeous melodies — some with politically infused lyrics. Standout tracks include the liberating "Cuckoo"and the stirring equality anthem "Outlaws of Love." Available Tuesday.
Post by 4Ms on May 9, 2012 13:48:15 GMT -5
LGBT Power Poll Results: "Who Topped the Reader List? ...by a landslide: Adam Lambert"
LGBT Power Poll Results: Who Topped the Reader List?
BY OUT.COM EDITORS
Who did you think the most powerful LGBT person in America is? You voted. We have the results.
This year, when we published Out's Sixth Annual Power List—which ranked 65 LGBT people according to their political, social, economic, and overall cultural influence—we also asked our readers to let us know who they thought deserved to be included. Well, as you might have predicted, it seems to prove that TV and celebrity (rather than politics or behind-the-scenes hard workers) matter most to people, and the poll turned into a bit of a popularity contest. And who topped the list? It was a write-in candidate, and he won by a landslide:
As one commenter wrote: "Adam Lambert has far more followers than just those who discovered him on Idol. He has a large international fanbase and took the gutsy road with his honesty when he became well-known. He is an advocate for human rights, not just gay issues. Not to mention the killer voice."
Although there were desenters. Another voter wrote: "You guys have ruined the 'validity' of the poll. I love Adam too, but come on."
Although it seems that was enough to get him to top of the list with close to 2,000 people writing in his name to declare him the "Moster Powerful LGBT Person in America".
Following in a close second place was Ellen DeGeneres with many people championing her, along with Rachel Maddow. As someone named Nina wrote: "Rachel Maddow is not only Brilliant, but her ability to shoot down every Republican argument with FACTS garners immense respect..and strikes fear in the opposition. A better role model there is not." Anderson Cooper was the most contentious in Out's poll, with many contending that a glass closeted person, no matter how influential, should never been recognized as having power. But he still made it on to the reader's poll at No. 4. And Neil Patrick Harris, rounded out the list, although Dan Savage and Barney Frank were nipping at his heels.
Then there were the people who wrote in who vociferously asked, "Where is Chi Chi LaRue?" Yes, where is he indeed?
The top 5 from the Power List poll are:
1. Adam Lambert
2. Ellen DeGeneres
3. Rachel Maddow
4. Anderson Cooper
5. Neil Patrick Harris
Post by 4Ms on May 9, 2012 13:48:30 GMT -5
Celebrities, politicians weigh in on Obama's same-sex marriage stance
President said Wednesday he supports same-sex marriage
UPDATED 12:44 AM EDT May 10, 2012
Politicians and celebrities were quick to weigh in, via Twitter and in statements, on news of U.S. President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage. Here are some reactions:
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (@theellenshow)
"Thank you President @barackobama for your beautiful and brave words. I'm overwhelmed."
"Glee" actress Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch)
"Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!"
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (@mikebloomberg)
"President @barackobama's announcement is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights"
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (@villaraigosa)
"We stand w/Pres. Obama - love doesn't have a color, love doesn't care if you're gay or straight. Love doesn't discriminate."
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee
"Today's announcement by President Barack Obama moves our country one step closer to marriage equality. With the President's personal support on the issue of same-sex marriage, we celebrate and recommit ourselves to the fight for all families."
Meghan McCain (@mccainblogette)
"Even though he did it a little late under political pressure - very happy to hear the President come out in support of gay marriage."
Actor Neil Patrick Harris (@actuallynph)
"President Obama announces his support for same-sex marriage. ... Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you."
The Rev. Al Sharpton
"I salute President Obama's statement today supporting same-sex marriage. This is an important and historic development for a sitting President to take such a bold, and I feel correct, position. This is not about mine or anyone's personal or religious views. It is about equal rights for all."
"I thank the President for his courage in standing for equality---this is true leadership---this is America."
"It's about time! Wow... I just heard that President Obama has officially announced that he supports gay marriage!! This is such a huge step forward in our country's fight for civil rights and I hope that today this will give hope to so many young people across the country. We've never had a president so supportive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and today I am proud to be an American!! I'm so happy that our country is making history and moving forward. No more living in the past!"
Singer Cyndi Lauper
"President Obama continues to be a true leader for equality and I have never been prouder to call him my president than I am today. The president's support of marriage equality gives hope and encouragement to the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who feel ostracized and alone. "
Singer Rob Thomas
"I am simultaneously proud to live in a country where our President openly speaks for equality for all and sad that it's even still a question that it's deserved."
Singer Melissa Etheridge
"Every now and then an American gets a chance to be a leader, and change the world. President Obama has taken that chance and has made a choice that signals the tipping point in our culture's definition of love and family. His announcement brings in the new age of acceptance of diversity for which every American will benefit."
Singer Adam Lambert
"It is great that President Obama had the guts to speak out -even in an election year- for the traditional American values of justice and equality for all."
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