February 28, 2010 08:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
American Idol season two runner-up,Â Clay Aiken, is taking on a new role: political activist! The 31-year old singer, who announced last year that he is gay, is now he’s taking a stand for homosexuals all across the country. Aiken will be speaking this weekend at a gay rights rally in his own hometown. Keep reading for more details…
Speculation on the sexual preferences ofÂ American Idol runner-up,Â Clay Aiken, had been debated at length since the Southern crooner graced theÂ FOX singing competition’s stage. Aiken finally put those rumors to rest last year when he publicly announced that he is, in fact, a homosexual. Now the single father and pop star is taking a stand for gay rights by speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala this weekend in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.
The formerÂ American Idol contestant will be joined on the stage by Family Ties star, Meridith Baxter who recently announced that she’s a lesbian.Â Clay Aiken is taking the event so seriously that he even opted to write his own speech after he found the one provided for him to be too controversial and politically charged.
“I don’t feel like this is the place to be horribly politically charged and bash people and talk about the wrongs that have been done,” he said about the original speech which reportedly included a harsh jab at former President George W. Bush. “My goal is to be hopeful, that it’s time for everyone to have equal rights.”
One ofÂ Clay Aiken‘s main goals for the event is to encourage Americans to support equal rights, such as gay marriage. TheÂ American Idol runner-up realizes that it’s a lofty goal that may take years, but he’s not just thinking of himself. Now that he’s a father,Â Aiken is focused on future generations as well.Â ”It’s more important to me, as a parent, that my son have all the rights â€” if he’s gay â€” than it is for me. I don’t want to do anything today that’s going to inhibit, or be a detriment to, his rights,” he said.
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