Gay culture accepted now more than ever

Well, it is official. Clay Aiken is gay. While many individuals have speculated over the years about the “American Idol” runner-up, Aiken has chosen to keep his sexual preference a secret. After all, it is his business and he does have a right to his privacy.

However, in a world that is evolving and becoming a little bit more tolerant, some people have wondered why it has taken so long for the native Tennessean to come out of the closet.

Just like every other homosexual celebrity, Aiken plans to announce his “alternative lifestyle” in a big way.

According to MSNBC reports, he will appear on the cover of the new issue of People magazine holding his infant son with the headline: “Yes, I’m Gay.” One can only wonder why this is newsworthy.

While some people frown upon homosexuality and view it as a unforgivable sin, other individuals don’t even bat an eyelash. Their argument is simple: people are born that way. Needless to say, the topic does indeed garner a ton of controversy and will probably continue to do so for another century. But whatever the case, today’s society has definitely become more accepting.

With more and more people becoming comfortable with their sexuality, is it really important to announce being gay to the public? So far, 2008 has brought overwhelming political issues, frightening economic crisis and gas shortage.

Therefore announcing someone’s sexual orientation seems superfluous if not totally pointless.

Jay Christie for the Editorial Board