As we all know, Adam Lambert has never been shy about voicing his views on important matters. Supporting the Community in any way he can. Working for various LGBTQ charities, supporting youth in the Community. His speeches have always been the talk of the Glamberts, and the internet after every public event.
Resist March took over this year's LA Pride, as hundreds of thousands of American's came out in the true spirit of Pride. Not to go out there and party, but to make their voices heard. To stand and say that, NO! This will not happen. We won't go quietly. You won't take away our rights. We will fight you with everything we have for our true identities. Protesting against the currently Anti-Gay rules, transphobic attitudes and constant hate crimes against Community members since the new Governing Body came to power. No, I will not use its name and give it power over me or us. As well as countless other homophobic attitudes which seem to be becoming more and more fashionable with a certain kind of people. Not just in America, but all over the world.
Just after the 'power change' last year, for the very first time. In a sleepy Derbyshire (England) small town, wearing my Pride shirt. I got called a 'fag' and told to go back home and be less 'queer'. Along with finding several of my close friends, who said they were fine with me being gay. Suddenly deciding I was 'Too gay to be around'. I had phobic words slung at me by street preachers in town because I again wore a Pride shirt and rainbow earrings. Fights erupt at local Gay bars, where even the Community turns on itself fighting for the right to exist. We are at a turning point right now, a powder keg that could go off at any time. If we are not careful, we will become just as bad as those who hate us.
Which was the viewpoint of many of the speakers of the Resist March this year. Bringing together artists and activists alike. Including Mr Lambert with a highly original, inspirational speech, relevant to all members of the Community and Allies. The transcript of which can be found below:
“My name is Adam Lambert and I am proud to be a human. I’m also gay, cisgendered, redheaded, jewish and a man, but that’s getting specific. Look, we have moved into an area of intense categorizing, in an effort to declare our identities. We use labels in order to help others understand who we are and how we live. And sometimes we need them to figure ourselves out too, because we want to take pride in our individuality. But do you sometimes feel that we’ve gotten a little carried away with all these labels? Cause at the end of the day we’re all human beings.
I mean, wouldn’t you rather identify somebody by their name and their energy instead of their sexual preference, their race, their gender, their age or their religion? If we could do that, wouldn’t that be more rewarding and allow for deeper connection?
Now I know that’s being very idealistic. It’s wishful thinking and sadly this is not the reality of the world we live in, especially lately. I typically avoid publicly speaking about politics because of its divisiviness. People get really sensitive and I’m not trying to piss anybody off. But this year things have gone way too far. So I’m not speaking today about being a democrat vs. a republican. Today it’s about right vs. wrong. The current presidential administration has manipulated the country, using fear and hate to gain power, to divide us. Our differences are being used against us. And the shock waves of this dangerous reality have rippled throughout our community and beyond. And it fucking hurts. We’ve come way too far to stand by and watch our social progress be yanked backwards. You know, it’s almost like they’re going: ‘Nah! You’re different! You can’t sit with us.’ What the fuck is that? It’s childish and it needs to end now.
Our pride parade is usually an all-out shit show of a party where we’re all dressed up like crazy unicorns and prance around through the streets. Yeah, it’s a celebration of the progress we have made. Our liberation. Our freedom. Our glitter. But this year we are facing such dark forces that Pride has taken a deeper purpose: protest. So today we stand together in order to support anyone whose human rights are at risk. We resist homophobia. We resist transphobia. We resist misogyny. Bi-invisibility. We resist racism. Xenophobia. And we resist extremism. And anything else that helps promote hate. We stand defiant and we’ll not be brainwashed. We refused to be sucked into that kind of negativity.
But I ask you not to fight hate with hate. We don’t want to be hypocrites. So how can we resist? I’ll tell you what I think. With unity. With visibility. Truth. Inclusion. Acceptance. And most importantly LOVE. Look, we’ve got a lot of work to do and a lot of ignorance to combat. But we know right from wrong. We know that we are stronger together than we are divided. So take some time today and connect with someone different from you. Recognize another human being. We all deserve to love and be loved. And that goes for all of us within the queer community, within this country and on this planet. After all, the only way our rainbow is a motherfucking rainbow is with all the colors shining equally. Thank you.”
With thanks to Marisa · @marisa_965 for the transcript. And to Mary Price for the youtube video.
You can see the video of Adam's speech here:
Peace, love and unity to all.