Singer to receive award for making 'significant difference' in promoting equality for LGBT community
Adam Lambert may not yet have a Grammy, but he’s going to soon have a GLAAD Award.
GLAAD, an LGBT media advocacy organization, announced today that Lambert will receive its Davidson/Valentini Award at the San Francisco ceremony on 11 May.
The award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD’s first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini. It is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.
‘Adam Lambert’s continued success as one of the world’s best-selling pop stars shows LGBT people that they can be themselves and make it in a mainstream industry that many feel unfairly rejects them,’ GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz said in a statement.
Cruz added: ‘Adam is fearless on stage and astonishes audiences in every country he performs in.’
Lambert came out publicly on the cover of Rolling Stone shortly after his star-making run on American Idol in 2008. Last year, he became the first openly gay artist to ever have an album debut at number one on the Billboard top 200 chart.
That album, Trespassing, has been a huge seller as was his first album, For Your Entertainment.
Previous Davidson/Valentini honorees include director Lee Daniels (Precious), actors Chad Allen, Alec Mapa, B.D. Wong, and Sandra Bernhard, and The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken.