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Clay Aiken Backs Anti-Bullying Legislation

Clay Aiken Backs Anti-Bullying Legislation

Clay Aiken is showing his support for anti-bullying legislation brought up in the House and Senate!

The 31-year-old singer teamed up with GLSEN to back the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act.

“I never had someone who told me that it was okay to be different…that it was okay to be me. What I did hear was that it would get better once I was out of high school…that things would get better. But from where I sat, I could not possibly believe that to be true,” Clay said.

“We need federal leadership from Congress to encourage all states and districts and each and every school to create safe learning environments where all students can learn and succeed,” Clay concluded.

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65 Responses to “Clay Aiken Backs Anti-Bullying Legislation”

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  1. 1
    Thai Says:

    Plastic gay.

  2. 2
    Shanna Says:

    I love him! I don’t care how awful and mean the bully people are to him. He is the nicest guy with the most beautiful voice I ever heard.

  3. 3
    lilpup Says:

    Standing up for what you believe in is admirable. Kudos to Clay. His being an advocate despite the crap he has been through is amazing.

  4. 4
    john Says:

    It took what, 4 mins for some jerk to show up and spew his crap. Leave the guy alone. He is speaking for for your kids idiot. Here’s hoping that everyone of you who spit hate and filth have a child who grows up to be gay.. Then maybe you will see the pain and suffering. IDIOTS

  5. 5
    RIFAN Says:

    Not only does Clay Aiken have a beautiful voice, the man also has a beautiful heart and the courage to speak up for others. He really is one of the good guys. Bless you, Clay.

  6. 6
    etme Says:

    No student should have to dread going to school because they fear being bullied, It doesn’t matter if they are gay or not When your children are in school they should not be subjected to bullying. They are there to learn.
    Way to go Clay. Thank you for taking a stand for our kids.

  7. 7
    Go Ask Alice Says:

    I don’t care , not a fan of Clay. I don’t dislike the guy or care that he is gay.
    Thing is, he is gay so why have a gay guy ,another gay person address this subject.
    Bullying is not getting out there about kids who are not gay.

  8. 8
    gaymarie Says:

    Thanks for the article about Clay. He’s been bullied all his life, still is, and all because he’s gay.

    Silly people. Just listen to what he says. And oh yeah, pick up any one of his wonderful albums. You will be amazed.

  9. 9
    Lynnie Says:

    As I read it Clay Aiken’s comment is about being bullied because you are different. Not specifically gay, but deemed by the bully as being different. It is just unacceptable that any child or teenager should dread going to school because, gay or straight, some individual or group of individuals thinks that abusing someone makes them seem cool. I am thankful for people like Clay Aiken, who use their celebrity in a positive way to do something to right these wrongs.

  10. 10
    Madeleine Says:

    There is nobody better to speak up on bullying than Clay Aiken. Aside from the fact that he was bullied all thru school, long before he came out as gay, but whenever there is an article of any sort about him, even now, the pathetic bulllies show up and find something ugly and hateful to say in the comment areas. Do these comment bulliles who roam the internet looking for a celeb to trash feel this makes them important??? They trash the innocent children of celebs as well as ANYONE who is in the public eye for whatever reason. The new breed of bully, spawned by the internet….bitter, unfulfilled bullies who think that posting their sour, ugly little comments about people who are more successful than they are, give them l5 minutes of fame. Actually it just gives them 15 more minutes of looking like the bitter failures that they are.

  11. 11
    Pat Says:

    Kudos to Clay Aiken. These bills are about bullying. Period. Not specifically gay bullying, although that certainly is of major concern, but BULLYING IN ANY FORM.

    GLSEN could not have asked for a better spokesman. Who better to know what bullying is all about, as even now he’s being bullied by uninformed and petty minded people – especially all over the internet.

    I give him credit for standing up for what is right despsite all the hatefulness he has to endure himself. He’s a great advocate for this cause.

  12. 12
    Isabelle Says:

    Kudos to Clay Aiken for using his voice again.

  13. 13
    Nate Says:

    @Shanna: NICE? He’s the cattiest bitter person ever. Bi**hy old man! LMFAO!!!

  14. 14
    :/ Says:

    omg he is so ugly o___o

  15. 15
    Llana Says:

    Use your voice Mr. Aiken, we are proud of you!

  16. 16
    JOJO Says:

    Thank you for this article, bullying is rampant in our schools and specially on the net, just look at some of the comments above…. I hope none of these people will ave children that are different and will be bullied in school.
    Kudos to Clay Aiken for speaking up against bullying.

  17. 17
    jim Says:

    It is time that the world woke up and realized bullying is effecting our children dramatically ever single day. Good for Mr. Aiken and all the others for taking a stand. Time for the children and people in the world to fight back against these spineless, weak, ignorant people who like to push others around.

    Bullying is not only beating the crap out of someone or threatening to do so, it is also deliberately leaving out someone.
    One day you will feel this utter loneliness as karma will seek its sweet revenge as what goes around comes around.

    All of you that think you need to add an ignorant comment here take a look in the mirror. Someday your ignorance will come back to haunt you. Karma can be a *****

  18. 18
    Jack Says:

    Godamn he looks like someone’s grandmother! Who told him it was a good idea to get botox, cheek implants, fake teeth and evething else he had done? Yikes.

  19. 19
    Judy Says:

    I think it’s wonderful that Clay is standing up for ALL children in regards to bullying. He says that NO child should have to endure this, and that schools should be a safe place to go. He is addressing not only gays, but ALL children. Clay is trying to make a difference, unlike some people that comment, that do the human race no good at all, and feel it is their job to put people down. What a sad pathetic bunch they are.

  20. 20
    Sooze Says:

    Reading comments on the internet should give people some sort of indication of how prevalent bullying is in our society. The unfortunate thing is that the media, comics and the entertainment industry have now made it acceptable to pick on others for their looks or their sexuality or for just being different.

    I think it is important for people like Clay Aiken, someone who has a voice that can reach the “masses” to stand up and be heard. Unfortunately, the bullying will only stop when there is a shift in our society and it becomes “uncool” to bash anyone for superficial reasons. Also, parents need to be sending a stronger message to their children. Unfortunately, a lot of those parents are also bullies.

    NO CHILD should ever have to fear going to school. Whether it’s because of their height or their weight or the color of their skin, their religion, their sexual orientation. We are a country made up of differences which should be celebrated, not taunted.

    Thank you Jared.

  21. 21
    joanie Says:

    Clay Aiken is the perfect spokesman for anti-bullying. He speaks from experience, as he was bullied as a child and young man, and even to this day.

    I hope and pray that with people like Clay who care enough to go to Washington for the cause, kids will be able to go to school without being bullied.

    Kudos to you, Clay.

  22. 22
    What a joke ha ha ha. Says:

    Clay Aiken still has fans? LOL. As if him speaking up will do anything. His career faded right after it started — who’s going to pay attention aside from his fans ? Kids either hate him or have no idea who he is.

  23. 23
    Judy Says:

    Jack…before you spew your hatred…perhaps you should know that Clay had surgery done last year for tmj. Had his jaws broken and reset. See…here is a prime example of a bully. Clay had a medical condition that he had to get treatment for, and Jack makes fun of Clay for that.

    Hey Jack…you are part of the problem…..

  24. 24
    Hillary Says:

    I love Clay’s statement “nobody told me it was ok to be different.” It’s all about the kid who is different in some way – body type, handicapped, thought to be gay, etc. I’m glad Clay is jumping into the fray. I’m glad he is speaking out on this unacceptable behavior.

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    Hillary Says:

    Clay, thanks for telling people it “ok to be different.”

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