Why Adam Lambert Having The Number One Album In America Is Such A Big Deal

Whether or not you’re a fan of Adam Lambert’s new album, Trespassing (and we are), you should be thrilled the record debuted this week at Number One on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. It’s the first time an openly gay artist has ever done that.

Given the increasing visibility and acceptance out stars are seeing nationwide, that might not seem like a big deal, but it is. Even just a few years ago, Lambert was disinvited from Good Morning America for—gasp!—kissing his male guitarist at the American Music Awards.

Please—Miley Cyrus does worse than that on Hannah Montana.

As Adam himself told us, the music industry isn’t easy on gay dudes, even in 2012: “In the time that [Ricky Martin] was really popular, it would’ve been really hard to be out. It probably would’ve shot his career in the foot,” Lambert told Queerty in March. “The music industry in general, is a tough market for a gay man. It’s really conservative. It’s hard.”