M.K. Nobilette Comes Out as First Openly Gay American Idol Contestant

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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.


There's no reason for them to say if they're gay or not. They aren't there to "come out." They're there to sing. Their orientation is not important. Every time a straight person does something big or is in the media they don't have to say, "hey! I'm straight." Because it shouldn't matter! I have nothing against gays, but I don't see why some of popularity/importance feel the need to "come out" to any media sources whether people speculate or not. It is no ones business. It is their own personal life and they really don't need to share it with anyone other than their significant other. They don't need to explain themselves to the public.


Well she was brave and will not get the same backlash as Sam as football is notoriously homophobic. It will be interesting to see how far she goes if she makes top ten and that's a big if.


pst: Throw Him Off A Cliff.


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I don't really care who the hell is gay. I don't judge. What I'm tired of... is the big deal. People have been gay forever. Rock Hudson. Funny thing is, a lot of gays these days don't even know who that is. You can get married. You can play sports. Everybody nowadays is mean to everybody... no racism or sexism there!! So shut up already and then you can be just 'people'.

@ Shayne

No,not everyone can get married.That is incorrect.It would be nice if people didn't have to feel like they needed to "come out".Unfortunately it is still a big deal to so many people and it's still illegal to be gay throughout the world.People don't have to "come out" as straight because it's always been thought of as normal and expected.

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