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'American Idol': How the Show's Inclusive New Season Reflects the Country's Progress on LGBTQ Rights

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Since debuting 16 years ago on Fox, American Idol has featured a handful of LGBTQ contestants who waited until after their Idol journeys ended to publicly disclose their sexual orientations and identities, whether by personal choice or by producers’ choice. Now in its 16th season as a reboot on ABC, the Idol franchise is experiencing its most LGBTQ-friendly season ever by letting the diverse singers proudly live out loud on television.

 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8279431/american-idol-lgbtq

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