GLAAD demands – and gets – GQ apology

GQ sorry for equating being gay with having "testosterone problem" in Adam Lambert's mustache tweet

GLAAD demands – and gets – GQ apology
13 December 2011

The editors at GQ clearly don't like Adam Lambert with any facial hair.

But they have gotten themselves into hot water with the folks over at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for suggesting via Twitter that the openly gay singer has a 'testosterone problem' that a mustache won't help.

The tweet from @GQFashion reads: 'Rules of Street Style: If you have testosterone problems, a mustache doesn't always help' and is linked to a photo of Lambert in GQ's A Year of Style edition.

Inside, a snarky caption next to a photo of a mustached and bearded Lambert scolds: 'If you wear make-up, do not grow a mustache.'

But it is the tweet that has GLAAD fuming prompting them to proclaim on their website that 'being gay is not a testosterone problem.'

'One might think a men's fashion magazine would have higher standards than to reduce itself to tired 1960's stereotypes to insult gay people,' GLAAD writes. 'But struggling men's fashion magazine, GQ, proves that one might be wrong in making that assumption.'

'The New York editors at GQ know that being gay is not a result of a hormone imbalance,' the add. 'The line was meant as an insult to gay people. GLAAD demands that GQ explain how this kind of blatant bigotry made it through their editorial process.

An apology has since been posted on @GQFashion's Twitter page: 'Lambert tweet, we were thoughtless and apologize. We shouldn't make stupid jokes about people's testosterone. As always, we learn.'

But this isn't the first time this year that the GQ brand has run afoul with some in the LGBT community.

In October, Twilight star Taylor Lautner was asked by GQ Australia if openly gay director Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black had hit on him when the three of them had dinner together last summer.

Black, an Oscar winner for Milk, blasted the magazine for perpetuating an 'outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators. … It's not the 1950s anymore GQ.'



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