More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Adam Lambert Comes Out in Rolling Stone
As has been rumored for the past couple weeks, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert graces the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone and puts to rest rampant speculation about his sexual orientation.
"I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay," Lambert says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, hitting newsstands this week. “I’m proud of my sexuality,” Lambert adds. “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.”
In the cover story, Lambert also reveals why he didn't come out on the show, as well as a secret crush on roommate and American Idol winner Kris Allen.
Despite speculation of a rivalry, Allen and Lambert have become close friends. Today, Allen revealed himself to be a strong ally, expressing his support for Lambert and his boyfriend, Drake LaBry.
"I think he's happier that he can be himself and it's nice," Allen says of Lambert, 27, stepping out with his friend Drake LaBry. "Adam is who he is and he's not afraid. I support him in whatever he does." Allen calls Lambert and LaBry's friendship a "cool combination," because they're so different. "Drake's from Louisiana and Adam is from L.A.," he says. "But they click well and they're really nice together."
Earlier today, GLAAD President Neil Giuliano released the following statement:
“As more and more Americans get to know gay and lesbian people, it has a tremendous impact in terms of creating awareness, understanding and acceptance of our community,” said Neil. G. Giuliano, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). “American Idol has become iconic in our culture, and as Adam continues to share his story during his post-Idol career, we hope his decision to live openly and honestly inspires gay people and opens the hearts and minds of his fans and others he will continue to entertain.”
It was also reported today that Lambert has signed with 19 Recordings and that his debut album will be released in the fall through RCA Records. In the meantime, you can catch all of the Idols when the American Idol Summer Tour kicks off in July!