Bil Browning

Clay Aiken: Being gay is not news

Filed By Bil Browning | June 02, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Clay Aiken, coming out of the closet, in the closet, Liberace

"Not so much. It is helpful and I understand why it could be helpful. But I think the more fuss is made about it the less it normalizes it. The truth is that being gay is not news. it should be something that we strive to normalize. It's nothing we need to broadcast. It's a fine line. I do understand the benefit but I hope for the days when it is not news and not a headline."

-- Singer Clay Aiken, a former American Idol contestant most famous for his Liberace-like determination to keep his publicly straight facade even after being outed as trolling an adult gay hookup site. Aiken was responding to a question asking if fans told him his coming out had helped them.

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I'm no psychiatrist but this sounds like a man that has not come to turns with his sexuality. There are so many, many wonderful aspects about being gay but I don't think becoming defensive when being asked how this may help others is one of them.

Sure we'd all love to live in a colorblind, sexuality-blind, gender-blind society but we don't. But Clay seems - what's the word - bitter about that more than anything else.

Thanks for this quote!