It may not have the same ripple effects as the announcement by Michael Sam, but M.K. Nobilette went down in history last night on American Idol:
She became the first openly gay contestant to compete on the Fox series.
In speaking to the judges while awaiting to learn her fate, Nobilette told J. Lo, Harry and Keith:
“I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me. But I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.”
“Thank goodness,” muttered Connick Jr. in response to Nobilette's words.
In the past, American Idol had come under fire for seemingly telling gay contestants to keep their orientation quiet on air.
Not that anyone had any doubts about Adam Lambert, of course. But many wondered why his sexuality was not once mentioned during his run to second place.
Nobilette, meanwhile, did advance to the Top 30.
We wish her every ounce of luck and we hope she never has to deal with the sort of Twitter backlash (below) that as befallen Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year who came out as gay this weekend.