Clay Aiken spoke to the Associated Press about how being teased as a teenager led him to become an advocate against antigay bullying.
Since coming out in September 2008 and having a son, Aiken has proudly embraced his role as a gay celebrity. He's a big proponent of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, which is working to stop gay bullying in schools.
"The truth is, when I look back on it, I absolutely know that [being gay] is why I got picked on. People said it, we heard it," Aiken says, referring to his mother.
Aiken, who just released an album of standards, features information about GLSEN on his website. "I don't know what it would have done for me," Aiken says. "But I feel like there's a potential impact there."