"I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay," Lambert declared in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone.
We wanted to know what you had to say about the development, so MTV News hit the streets of Times Square to find out if Lambert's announcement surprised you and whether the revelation would have hurt his chances to make it to the "Idol" finals.
The unambiguous consensus among the folks we talked to was that Lambert's disclosure was not surprising in the least. "I think the eyeliner gave it away!" Allison Baldowski said. "And the platform boots."
Now that he has come out, some fans are looking to Lambert as a positive role model. "I like that he's so open about who he is, and I'm glad that he's not afraid to say what he wants," Katie Stoppiello said. "I love that about him. He doesn't really have a filter. I read some of the quotes from the magazine already, and I'm glad that he's just able to say who he is. I think that's really inspirational. I think he's a good role model to kids that are maybe kind of different and what to be more open about themselves."
But did the 27-year-old singer make the right decision to wait until after the competition to reveal the truth about his sexuality? Gina Gandt said Lambert made the right call. "I think he was correct in waiting, because I think there are too many people out there that aren't willing to accept that yet," she said.
Most others, however, believed the timing of his announcement would not have made a difference. "I really don't think whether he came out before or after the show would have mattered," Coleen Healy said. "I think it was a competition for singing. He was there for one thing: He was there to sing, and I think that's what he did."
According to Michael Giannone, the topic of Lambert's sexuality should have never been up for discussion. "That's totally his business," he said. "He didn't have to tell everyone that he was going to come out of the closet. ... In these United States of America, you can do whatever you want, and that's what's great about his country."
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