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Queer superstar Adam Lambert is no stranger to the spotlight, nor is he unfamiliar with facing down internet trolls. Recently, he took to Instagram to defend his boyfriend, Oliver Gliese, against anti-gay comments criticising Gliese’s appearance and unique fashion sensibilities.

Oliver Gliese, who celebrated his 28th birthday with Lambert in Los Angeles, is known for his bold fashion choices that often challenge traditional gender norms. A photo posted by Lambert showing the couple’s night out drew a series of judgments and negative comments directed at Gliese’s outfit and looks.

Lambert swiftly responded to the trolls with an Instagram Story, not just defending his partner but celebrating the very attributes that attracted the criticism. “Oli and I had a fun night out! Rare to encounter paps in WEHO – so retro. Haha. Lifts my spirits to see support in the comments,” he wrote.

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He continued to express his admiration for Gliese, stating, “Oli identifies as a he. He has wicked style and refuses to conform to the societal norms regarding his fashion choices. He is beautiful and brave and daring. He’s a leader not a follower. One of the many things I love about him!”

Lambert’s response was not only a defence of his partner but a call to a broader acceptance and understanding. He urged his critics to “Grow up and challenge yourself to explore tolerance. We are all just trying to stay happy and fulfilled with our lives.”

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