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Despite gay artists receiving mainstream acceptance, the "gatekeepers" of the music industry remain hard to convince, Lambert says.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

15 Apr 2016 - 10:52 AM  UPDATED 15 Apr 2016 - 10:53 AM

In a new interview with Digital Spy, Adam Lambert has spoken out on the lack of gender-specific pronouns in songs released by gay artists, saying that the "gatekeepers" who music industry are the ones hardest to convince.

"That's the reasoning for some of that pronoun stuff," he says.

Acknowledging openly gay British artists Sam Smith and Years & Years' Olly Alexander, Lambert says that there's still progress to be made, especially in America, saying: "It'd be nice if there was more". 

Alexander echoed the need for more progress to be made in a recent interview with Out, saying that gay artists could only express their sexuality up to a certain point.

“Even though we have out gay artists now, I don’t think they can express themselves and their sexuality in a way a straight person can," he said. "I feel like there’s a level of ‘gay-ness’ that people will accept.”

But Lambert remains positive, saying that he thinks it will happen "slowly but surely".

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"There are success stories happening and that's the biggest thing for the music industry," he says. "They need to see that it actually works in order for them to feel comfortable with it. The audiences are there for it, but the industry needs to come around a bit more to it. They are, but it's the last piece."

"People are becoming less ignorant and the younger generation that's coming up right now are like, 'So what?'" he continues. "That's melting into and affecting pop culture in general."

Noting a shift within the LGBTQI community and mainstream acceptance, Lambert says that the music industry has no reason to be scared of gay artists being out, "because people in general aren't scared of it".