Clay Aiken on ex-gay reparative therapy: “I think that puts people back 10 steps on their (coming out) journey”
Clay Aiken paid a visit to The Dr. Oz Show today to weigh in on controversial ex-gay reparative therapy who said he was ‘heartbroken’ that the topic was even being featured on the daytime syndicated show.
‘Just by the nature of the name, reparative therapy, you’re implying that something needs to be repaired – you’re implying that something’s wrong in the first place,’ Aiken said. ‘I think that puts people back 10 steps on their (coming out) journey and my journey took 10 years.’
‘When you imply that someone needs to be repaired, when you even provide a service that says, ‘We’ll fix this for you,’ then what you are saying is what you are inherently is wrong,’ he added. ‘I know I was born gay. I didn’t make a choice to be gay.’
Aiken, who came to fame in 2003 as the runner-up on American Idol, came out publicly as a gay man in 2008 – the same year that he became a father.
‘I’m happy with myself and that is a part of the journey – being able to love yourself,’ he told Dr. Oz. ‘I don’t think these therapies help people love themselves.’