“American Idol” Finalist La’Porsha Renae: “I Don’t Really Agree With The LGBT Lifestyle”

"I wasn’t brought up that way. It wasn’t how I was raised."

We were rooting for La’Porsha Renae all through the American Idol finals, but now comments comments she’s making about the LGBT community have us singing a different tune.

On Friday, after Renae lost to Trent Harmon on the AI finale, she spoke with reporters to talk about her plans for the future. After the singer indicated she would definitely be leaving her home state of Mississippi, one reporter asked her feelings about the state’s new anti-LGBT law.

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“This is how I feel about the LGBT community: They are people just like us. They’re not animals as someone stated before. They’re people with feelings,” she explained. “Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons, whatever the reason is, you still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another.”

In case that wasn’t clear, she went on.

“I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way. It wasn’t how I was raised.” she added.

“But I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on.”


After Twitter blew up with criticism about her statement, Renae tweeted:

“We don’t have to agree with each other’s life choices to love/respect one another. Live and let live. #RENAETION #RespectThatWeAreDifferent.”

On the finale, it was revealed Renae will also receive a contract from Big Machine records.

h/t: Gossip Cop

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.