Clay Aiken Comes Out

Pop singer Clay Aiken came out in People magazine Sept. 26.

“It was the first decision I made as a father,” Aiken, 29, told the magazine. “I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that.”

“I've never intended to lie to anybody at all.”

Aiken's son, Parker, was born Aug. 8, conceived via in vitro fertilization with his best friend, music producer Jaymes Foster.

“We congratulate Clay for making this decision and for setting an example for others and his family,” commented Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “As we’re seeing, more and more gay people, including celebrities, are living openly and honestly, and this has tremendous impact in terms of creating awareness, understanding and acceptance.”

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