Friday, September 26, 2008

Clay and Coming Out

Recently the blog and media world have been abuzz with the news that singer (and former contestant on American Idol) Clay Aiken has come out as openly gay.

In his coming-out interview, Clay shares with us how he came out to his mother - a moment many PFLAG parents can remember, too.

He recalled a tearful discussion with his mother in a car after dropping off his brother, who was being sent to Iraq, at a military base. "It was dark. I was sitting there, thinking to myself. I don't know why I started thinking about it ... I just started bawling. She made me pull over the car and it just came out," he said. "She started crying. She was obviously somewhat stunned. But she was very supportive and very comforting."

In an article about Clay, his coming out and his newborn son, a reporter from Clay's home state of North Carolina talks with Ted Meyer of PFLAG Triangle about his own son's coming out. Be sure to read it in The News & Observer.

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