Adam Lambert: “Ignorant People” Make Being Gay Hard

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A video of Adam Lambert performing “Outlaws of Love” — a song we’re thrilled to hear on his upcoming album, Trespassing — at a concert in Montreal found its way onto Youtube this past summer. In the clip, the singer talks about “acceptance” being a big inspiration behind his song-writing, specifically for “Outlaws of Love.” We asked Adam about it during our recent sit-down.

“I think one of the things about doing this as a career is that I’m able to give people strength and encouragement that feel like outsiders, especially being openly gay,” he told us. “But one of the things I haven’t gotten to do is sing about how it sucks sometimes, how it hurts, and the pain and the struggle that the LGBT community goes through on so many different levels. And that’s what this song is about.

“It’s really a very honest reflection of the sadness,” he said. “And it’s not the sadness about being gay, it’s the sadness about the adversity we face. That’s the difference. I don’t find being gay sad at all. I’m really happy.” Adam continued, “I think that’s another ignorant misconception. ‘Oh, it’s a really hard life.’ It’s only hard because of the ignorant people.”

Adam addressed his sexuality in Rolling Stone magazine in 2009. “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay,” he said. “I’m proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.”