Lesbian eliminated from American Idol

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She had made it to the top 10 and had a crowd of supporters at a San

Francisco restaurant cheering her on. But in the end, MK Nobilette, an

out lesbian singer, was eliminated from American Idol last week.

Nobilette, 20, the first openly gay contestant on the show, will go on to

perform in the “American Idol Top 10” tour. She was dropped from the

show after singing Pink’s “Perfect.”

Over 50 people were jammed into the dining room at Cava Restaurant

March 19 to watch the Fox show and cheer on Nobilette, including her

lesbian moms, Mindy Spatt and Laurie Nobilette, who raised their

daughter in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood. She went to Ruth

Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

Spatt, communications director at The Utility Reform Network, was not

surprised to see her daughter come out on the show right away as the

season began.

“We are a gay family, she has two moms and grew up in San Francisco,”

Spatt said. “I don’t think she realized what a dramatic thing it was to

say.”

While Nobilette was trying to find herself, she thought about becoming

a firefighter, but music was always on her mind. She sang for kids she

babysat, close friends, and even on street corners in the city.

According to Spatt, an aunt of Nobilette’s who is a big fan of American

Idol convinced her to try out when the show was in San Francisco for

auditions last December.

Nobilette said on a PopStop TV interview that if she didn’t mention her

sexual orientation, it would have been obvious. She was upfront about

who she is and wanted the whole world to know that she is gay.

“It would have been on all over the social media. It isn’t something I

wanted to hide. Reality TV shows can have gay people on them,”

Nobilette said.

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