More than a year after disclosing he is gay on the cover of People magazine, Clay Aiken spoke out on gay rights at a fundraiser in North Carolina. He was joined by former Family Ties star Meredith Baxter, who recently came out lesbian.

Both celebrities spoke Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) We Are All Made Of Stars fundraiser. HRC is the nation's largest gay rights advocate.

“We have a great deal of more work to do,” Aiken said. “Our time is now, and it's about damn time.”

Aiken, 31, became an overnight pop sensation in 2003 when he came in second on Fox's singing competition American Idol.

Baxter, who came out last December on NBC's Today show, joked about her public coming out.

“It's a very strange thing to do this official coming out to the world,” the 62-year-old actress told the crowd. “To tell you the truth, I've never heard of a straight person do that. They just make you guess. They drop hints, some innuendo, the way they walk.”

“I owe a major debt of gratitude to Tiger Woods,” Baxter added. “He quickly took me out of the news cycle.”

Baxter then turned serious, describing “don't ask, don't tell,” the law that forbids gay troops from serving openly, as government approved discrimination.

“When our government discriminates against gay soldiers, then our citizens, our everyday folks, are given a federal validation to harass their gay neighbors,” she said.