ABC Confirms to GLAAD that Adam Lambert Will Perform on Network

Richard Ferraro
Director of Communications
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

December 4, 2009

December 4, 2009, New York, NY - ABC tonight confirmed to GLAAD that openly gay singer Adam Lambert will appear and perform on the Thursday, December 10, 2009 episode of The View. His performance will follow an appearance on Barbara Walters’ “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009” on Wednesday. Both of these appearances come after the network canceled previously scheduled appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

“ABC has taken a step towards fairness by inviting Adam Lambert to perform on The View," said Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). “GLAAD has been advocating against the double standards that have been applied to Lambert as an openly gay performer. We thank community members and allies for voicing their concerns with ABC so that entertainers like Adam have the opportunity to be broadcast into living rooms across America.”

Earlier today GLAAD urged constituents to contact ABC to express disappointment. Throughout the day, GLAAD continued conversations with ABC that began two weeks ago when the network announced the cancellation of Lambert’s performance on Good Morning America following his performance on the American Music Awards.