clayaiken 20thannualglaadmediaawards 290 'American Idol's' Clay Aiken: Happy birthday!Clay Aiken turns 31 Monday (Nov. 30) and he’s set a precedent for Adam Lambert.

Not only is Aiken gay, but finishing as an “American Idol” runner-up did little to hurt his career success.

Aiken has had a busy six years since “Idol” ended. He went multi-platinum with “Measure of a Man,” came out of the closet, became a dad, appeared as a guest star on “Scrubs” and even had a Broadway run as Sir Robin in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

So what’s Aiken been up to lately?

Well, not much in the entertainment world, unless you count an appearance on “America’s Next Top Model.”

He’s been working in London and Germany on his latest album, which should be released sometime in 2010, possibly along with a PBS special. Oh joy!

On a more personal level, Aiken raised $10,000 for his National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel-Aiken Foundation) through the Christie Cookie Charity Contest.

“Thanks to everyone that voted in the Christie Cookie Charity Giveaway,” he posted on his official site. “Your votes were enough to put us back in the top spot!! A $10,000 check was presented to the National Inclusion Project last weekend at their annual gala. This would not have been possible without you all.”

Happy Birthday, Clay!

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