Adam Lambert & Ellen DeGeneres, sexual shame, homonormativity

It’s a dismal situation for queer politics when gay and lesbian celebrities can’t talk frankly and openly about homophobia and sexual shame.

Take a look at Adam Lambert’s interview on Ellen, where he retrospectively evaluates his explicitly gay performance at the AMA’s.

Notice how he is concerned about his relationship to ABC. Notice how Ellen invokes “family values” as being opposed to displays of sexuality, including explicit gay-male sexuality.

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