The "American Idol" runner-up also launches campaign fundraising site
"American Idol" contestant running as a Democrat
Openly gay "American Idol" runner-up could run in North Carolina
Homophobia is "built out of fear," gay "American Idol" alum says
Former "American Idol" fave Clay Aiken admits to getting a little touch-up done
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Reality princesses Teresa Giudice and Victoria Gotti are also among those hoping to cook up a winning recipe
A chronology of high-profile actors who've come out ... usually to People magazine.