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    Wed, 24 Sep 2008 14:29:04

    Clay Aiken Tells All  - And surprises no one

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    This week's issue of People magazine features quite a coup on its cover: Clay Aiken holding his baby son, Parker Foster Aiken, alongside the headline "Yes, I'm Gay."

    "It was the first decision I made as a father," Aiken says in the story, which hits newsstands on Friday. "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."

    Aiken's child was conceived via in-vitro fertilization with his close friend, record producer Jaymes Foster. While he's proud of his decision to become a father and reveal his sexual orientation, Aiken says he's aware of the fallout that could happen with his fellow born-again Christian fans.

    "I've never intended to lie to anybody at all," Aiken explains. "But if they leave, I don't want them to leave hating me."

    "We congratulate Clay for making this decision and for setting an example for others and his family," Neil Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in a statement. "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."

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    09.24.08



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