Clay Aiken Explains Why It Took So Long For Him To Come Out

Clay Aiken on coming out as gay spoke at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Raleigh, North Carolina last month, where the ‘American Idol’ alum explained why it took him until September 2008 to reveal that he’s gay, despite years of speculation about the topic.

“Whether you come out to your family or your friends … or do so on the cover of a magazine, the decision to talk openly about your sexuality is a really difficult and confusing one,” Aiken said. “So what the hell took me so long? I was waiting, like so many of us are waiting, for change, for attitudes to change, for laws to change, and I realized that the time for waiting has passed.”

Watch his speech below.


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4 thoughts on “Clay Aiken Explains Why It Took So Long For Him To Come Out

  1. Carole H says:

    This was a great speech by a great guy. I do wonder, however, why it it necessary to have such old “news” linked to current items. Clay is out, seems to be quite happy, his career is thriving … why not leave it at that? Forget all the crap he went through trying to find himself, forget all the flak he got from his own community (who should have been the first to understand). Let’s focus on the present and Clay’s bright future!

  2. Gail C. says:

    Great response Carole H. I agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Pat says:

    Very nice speech. I agree 100% – it IS about damned time gay Americans are afforded the same rights as the rest.

  4. Mimi says:

    I am sort of wondering why this article was published almost a month after the event.

    Why not report on Clay’s last concert that took place 10 days ago. That is news…….it was a wonderful event and was taped for a PBS special.

    Yes, Clay’s speech was good, but it has been discussed for over a month

    Let’s talk about Clay, the entertainer. The concert was fabulous and his new album with Decca will be out in June. Now, that is news!!

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