Adam Lambert will auction stage attire to raise funds for LGBTQ community during coronavirus crisis

San Diego-bred vocal dynamo Adam Lambert is shown on stage with Queen.
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The Queen singer and ‘American Idol’ runner-up, who grew up largely in San Diego, is bringing some of his stage attire out of the closet


“American Idol” alum Adam Lambert isn’t literally taking the clothes off his back to help raise funds for LGBTQ people in need during the coronavirus pandemic. But the former San Diego singer is going into his closet to auction off 15 items of his stage attire for an online eBay auction.

The auction began Monday and runs through May 6. It is a partnership between the advocacy organization GLAAD and Lambert’s nonprofit Feel Something Foundation. All proceeds will go to GLAAD for its “continued support of LGBTQ people in need during the COVID-19 crisis and before,” according to a statement issued Monday by Lambert’s New York spokeswoman.

Lambert, 38, announced the auction during Sunday’s GLAAD charity fundraiser on Facebook Live. The event, billed as “Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone,” also featured Barbra Streisand, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Porter, Pete Buttigieg, Kesha and others.

“The Feel Something Foundation is honored to partner with GLAAD and eBay for our first fundraiser,” Lambert said in a Monday statement. “The funds raised through this eBay auction will be instrumental in helping the LGBTQ community during these unprecedented times.”

A 2000 Mt. Carmel High School graduate, Lambert made his stage debut at San Diego’s Lyceum Theater in a 1991 production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He rose to national prominence during the 2009 season of “American Idol,” which saw him place second to Kris Allen.

Lambert has since toured and recorded as a solo artist. He is also the lead singer in Queen + Adam Lambert, which teams him with two co-founders of the legendary English rock band Queen.

The items being auctioned off by Lambert can be viewed, and bid on, at: They include: a pair of black and yellow H&M pants he wore during his 2013 “Trespassing” solo tour ($335); a leather-studded jacket from his “American Idol” season ($660); and a three-piece Dolce & Gabbana suit he wore during his 2019 U.S. “Rhapsody” tour with Queen.