Adam Lambert: Too Gay for Malaysia?

In Malaysia, members of the country’s Islamist opposition party have been protesting against what they see as a great and threatening evil: Adam Lambert. His concerts promote “gay culture,” according to the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), and they’re demanding that authorities cancel his show.

“Adam Lambert’s shows … are outrageous, with lewd dancing and a gay performance that includes kissing male dancers … this is not good for people in our country,” said PAS Youth leader Nasrudin Hasan.

Perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise coming from PAS — they’ve protested concerts by Beyonce, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Mariah Carey. (Sure sounds like they’ve kept busy!)

Earlier this week, Lambert responded to the protests on Twitter. In response to complaints about his show, Lambert said: “While I don’t believe that my glamnation tour is in any way offensive I have agreed to make a few minor adjustments out of respect for the Malaysian government. Looking forward to a fun show.”

That’s a fairly diplomatic reply, but Lambert added some commentary on his show and its relation to LGBT people. He posted two relevant tweets: “Does my show ‘promote the gay lifestyle’? It promotes living ANY lifestyle that includes the freedom to seek love and intimacy. Gay, straight, bi, young or old. It’s all inclusive.”

The second tweet: “Plus, what’s THE gay lifestyle? There isnt just one. There are so many different kinds of gay people. We have a variety of different lifestyles. There’s not only one lifestyle lived by straight folks. Generalizing….”

Lambert’s two Twitter updates hit on a point that’s often ignored by LGBT people and straight people alike: the LGBT community is extremely diverse. The common factor we share is that we’re all striving for “the freedom to seek love and intimacy,” and to live without anyone interfering or harassing us for our choices, orientation, or identity.

Perhaps, there would be more straight allies if the LGBT community used and embraced Lambert’s language. I have a feeling that lots of straight people could get behind that. Who doesn’t want the freedom to seek love and intimacy?

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