GLAAD and ABC are at peace over Adam Lambert
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation just issued a statement regarding the ongoing Adam Lambert controversy that might surprise you.
In the statement, GLAAD says that the organization spoke several times with ABC about concerns that Lambert is being held to a double standard. After those discussions, ABC issued a statement to GLAAD:
"Given the live nature of the American Music Awards, Adam Lambert’s performance, which differed greatly from his rehearsal, caught many, including the network, off guard. This is not a question of Lambert’s sexual orientation. As is evidenced by GLAAD’s media report card, ABC is at the forefront of positive gay and lesbian portrayal on television. We welcome openly gay performers and look forward to continuing our great work within the LGBT community."
In turn, GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios issued the following:
“It would appear that the kiss between Adam Lambert and his keyboardist did not factor into ABC’s decision. ABC has a history of positive gay and transgender inclusion that includes featuring kisses between gay and lesbian couples on-air. We applaud the visibility of openly gay performers and congratulate Adam Lambert for sharing his story on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' this week as well as his upcoming appearance on 'The Jay Leno Show.' "
--Maria Elena Fernandez