The South Florida Gay News seems like a pretty dysfunctional place to work. After breaking the news that Adam Lambert broke up with his boyfriend, the publisher posts an editorial blasting the singer.
Apparently, the owners were away when the original story was posted, and now they are making it clear, Adam would have never graced the cover of the publication if they weren’t on leave.
The publisher’s problem? He believes Adam has done little to advance LGBT causes, and criticize GLAAD for honoring him with an award next month. Personally, I think that any LGBT celebrity who is living his life openly is advancing the cause of gay rights. Setting an example for those struggling with their identities and serving as an illustration of who the gay community is (creating more allies) is a good thing. Any who.
The screed contradicts itself in parts. He’s spitting mad, but then thanks Adam for the hits. The editorial will probably generate traffic. He doth protests too much
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Few things reflect how shallow national LGBT organizations can be other than the revelation that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is going to coronate Adam Lambert with a national media award in San Francisco next month.
We were unified in mind and spirit that there were local and national newsmakers working towards LGBT equality, fighting for your rights, and standing up for all of us, who you would want to read about.
Neither of us thinks Adam Lambert is such a person. Good, he can sing. Good, he became a national star on American Idol. As obvious as it was that he was gay, he also remained in the closet during his meteoric rise to stardom while on the TV show.
Therefore, seeing him on the cover of our newspaper a few weeks ago made my partner and me puke. In fact, for all intents and purposes, consider Pier Guidugli the co-author of this column. We are 100 percent on the same page about this issue.