Sorry, I'm gonna disagree a bit here. As someone who was once a gay youngin' in a hostile world, the closeted-ness of those celebrities I recognized a bit of myself in (I'm looking at you, Elton John and George Michael, for starters) really did contribute to that horrible feeling that my orientation was something to be deeply ashamed about. Yet it was a much less gay-friendly time than now, so I can kinda forgive them. On the other hand, now that being gay is no longer likely to ruin your showbiz career, why not be a little selfless and give some encouragement to those still stuck in the closets their immediate society and/or family has set up for them?
My only question is: what the HELL is up with the zipper cardigan over the shirt/tie combo in that MSNBC article?? The only person who could rock the cardi/shirt/tie was Mr. Rogers, and CLAY AIKEN, YOU ARE NO FRED ROGERS.
Ah. This is what I was waiting for...the backlash:
I have been a CLay fan from the start and a member of this board since 2004. I know many of you from my Clay travels and have enjoyed your company and influence in my life immensely. I felt I owed you my goodbye though lately I had not posted much. Here are my feelings. .....
I love Clay with all my heart and that will never change. I feel nothing but love. However, I am deeply saddened. I know one thing is that I do not hate him. I never will. I will support him but the support I will give til the day I die is that of a different kind. Like Clay, I need to be honest and true to myself. I will support him in prayer but I can't continue to be a fan at this time. I do not agree with his belief about homosexuality or by what I believe to be his choice. Many of you may disagree with me and even rail at me. Your right and I understand. I respect that this has had to be very difficult for him and actually understand why he hid it all even for as long as he did.
However, how I feel and what am I going to do now.....
I am grieving deeply as I will miss that glorious gift of God that is Clay, his voice, his love, his passion. I will miss the fandom. The fun. The comaraderie. I will miss him and I will miss all of you. This tears me apart and pains me greatly. This is one of the most difficult days of my life. I am in deep sorrow that I have to walk away like this now. But I can't stay and live a lie myself, no matter what. No matter how much I love his voice and many things about him. No matter how much I want the experience of being a fan in many ways. I have to do what I believe is right. And no matter how painful that is.
I have given much of the last 5 years to Clay. I have met him 3 times: Book signing, the tour bus and my M&G. I have seen him perform live almost 100 times. I have supported him at other appearances even when he was not singing. I have gone to gala's. I have contributed to UNICEF and the Bubel Aiken Foundation in money and time. I have promoted and defended the man to the hilt in many ways. All choices. My choices. Blessings have been mine the whole time. Though looking back perhaps I gave too much of my life and there has been a down side to my fandom. I have put CLay before God, my husband and my children and friends, often times. But again that was my choice and I believe no good intention, effort, or relationship was a waste. All comes together for the good.