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Lance Bass Knows 'Tons' of Celebrities in the Closet and Will Lie to Help Them Stay There: VIDEO

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Lance Bass is asked if he would ever lie for a celebrity friend who's in the closet.

"Yes I would, and I have. I know tons of celebrities that are in the closet right now but it's up to them to decide if they want to come out and I will support whatever decision they make."

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  1. Healthy livin', y'all!

    Posted by: Autechre | Sep 21, 2013 11:31:20 AM


  2. Nothing like supporting the bigoted industry that keeps them there Lance.

    Posted by: cam | Sep 21, 2013 11:32:02 AM


  3. I like this guy. He's funny, he's classy, and he seems to have his priorities right. And he's correct: un-closeting someone before they're ready is wrong. The only exception would be a person who is using their fame or position to publicly harm or speak out against LGBT equality, even though they're secretly gay themselves. Coming out is a personal decision that nobody else should make for you or force upon you.

    Posted by: DALE | Sep 21, 2013 11:48:28 AM


  4. I've lost the respect I had for him with that comment. He doesn't have to lie. (I'm assuming he means reinforce a lie that the people are straight)... as opposed to just saying he doesn't know anything. What a fame whore. He wants to be asked. He just wants to perpetuate the status quo.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Sep 21, 2013 11:49:43 AM


  5. What? We want Lance to OUT celebrities and forcibly push them from their closets?

    Harvey Milk defined this as a PERSONAL DECISION. Coming out is a process. It can be liberating, but we have no right to expose private lives to further our own agendas.


    The title of this blog (...and will lie...") comes perilously close to the style of yellow journalism.

    Posted by: will | Sep 21, 2013 11:50:25 AM


  6. There is nothing noble about lying. I wouldn't lie for anyone.

    Posted by: Gast | Sep 21, 2013 11:50:52 AM


  7. Sorry, unless someone is actively doing something harmful to the LGBT community, it is NOT your business to disclose their sexual orientation without their consent. Yes, it's terrible that the industry pushed queer actors to remain in the closet, but that's a institutional homophobia problem. People should come out because they're ready to take that step and be brave if it costs them something. People who have the courage to do that of their own free will should be praised. It shouldn't be something forced upon them.

    Posted by: luminum | Sep 21, 2013 11:52:50 AM


  8. "Harvey Milk defined this as a PERSONAL DECISION. Coming out is a process."

    sigh.... first that's a 40 year old mentality. Its not ok to be closeted. Its not a process.

    second... and most important here - These celebrities are already "out". Everyone around them knows. Its just housewives in Ohio that don't know.

    Its not ok to be closeted. Its a lie. It hurts all of us. Its not ok to enable people. Its ok to out people. Its not 1975 where what happens at the gay bar stays in the gay bar and everyone helps keep every thing on the down low.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Sep 21, 2013 12:03:09 PM


  9. "it is NOT your business to disclose their sexual orientation without their consent. "

    its the truth. Its not some dark secret. By being closeted and LYING, that says there is something wrong with being gay. Something so wrong it must be kept hidden. It hurts all of us.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Sep 21, 2013 12:05:03 PM


  10. There hasn't been a closet for 50 years. Everybody knows gay people exist and everybody knows all of the varieties and everybody knows you could be one of them. What people call the closet today is actually just lying to yourself.

    I don't lie to others about my own life and I'm not about to keep track of others' lies on their behalf. That's not my job.

    If I don't want something to be public knowledge (family matters, medical information, whatever), then I leave no evidence of it, tell nobody about it, and avoid the subject if it comes up. I don't lie about it.

    If you need to confide in me something about your life that anyone would need to keep confidential (family matters, medical information, whatever), then that something stays confidential. Of course.

    If I had "tons" of friends who were lying about who they were and I knew it, covering up for any or all of them would be exhausting. Not a good use of my time. Not going to do it.

    If you want to keep who you actually are a secret, then keep it a secret (at which point most people will think you're a gay man living in denial), otherwise, it's not a secret.

    If you're living a life in the United States of America in 2013 where your life would actually be destroyed if you confirmed to everybody who you really were (and 99.999999% of the time they know already), then you need to stop living your life that way. Especially if your plan is to draw others into your lies.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Sep 21, 2013 12:11:01 PM


  11. There hasn't been a closet for 50 years. Everybody knows gay people exist and everybody knows all of the varieties and everybody knows you could be one of them. What people call the closet today is actually just lying to yourself.

    I don't lie to others about my own life and I'm not about to keep track of others' lies on their behalf. That's not my job.

    If I don't want something to be public knowledge (family matters, medical information, whatever), then I leave no evidence of it, tell nobody about it, and avoid the subject if it comes up. I don't lie about it.

    If you need to confide in me something about your life that anyone would need to keep confidential (family matters, medical information, whatever), then that something stays confidential. Of course.

    If I had "tons" of friends who were lying about who they were and I knew it, covering up for any or all of them would be exhausting. Not a good use of my time. Not going to do it.

    If you want to keep who you actually are a secret, then keep it a secret (at which point most people will think you're a gay man living in denial), otherwise, it's not a secret.

    If you're living a life in the United States of America in 2013 where your life would actually be destroyed if you confirmed to everybody who you really were (and 99.999999% of the time they know already), then you need to stop living your life that way. Especially if your plan is to draw others into your lies.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Sep 21, 2013 12:11:02 PM


  12. I believe it's a personal choice to come out.

    Today more than ever more and more gays are coming out because of the internet. Back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's most of us only knew the gay's at the bars. If your boss found out you could be fired-as I was. But with the invent of the internet we have found more and more people like ourselves.

    Some people are still afraid of what might happen, of what their love ones might think. It's their decision, so let them make their own decision.

    Posted by: Macmantoo | Sep 21, 2013 12:49:44 PM


  13. I hope Michael Signorile doesn't see this. He's gonna be pissed!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 21, 2013 12:53:13 PM


  14. Classy guy, NO ONE should EVER be outed against their wishes.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Sep 21, 2013 12:59:31 PM


  15. Lance seems perfectly reasonable. I suspect he'd be right there to encourage and/or help support a celebrity friend coming out; frankly, he's been more popular since coming out (anyone remember the other guys in his group besides Justin and him?)

    The bigger question here is why does Bethenny Frankel have a talk show?

    Posted by: MFinBH | Sep 21, 2013 1:09:32 PM


  16. "TONS of celebritites", oh please, really not that many people are gay.

    Posted by: Damien | Sep 21, 2013 1:15:34 PM


  17. it's a personal decision. duh.

    but i don't respect the closet. at all. not in north america, in 2013.

    we have teenage lesbians coming out overseas in vehemently anti-gay cultures and countries, and here we have grown-adults in north america still thinking more about themselves than the reality that we're stronger when we unite and give a face to our communities.

    oh well.

    that said, "you can't force me to come out" is an evasion of the truth: the folks that say that have no problem whatsoever with letting others "force them to STAY IN"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 21, 2013 1:22:04 PM


  18. Despite the legal and social gains gays have achieved in recent years, the closet is still a viable option for many celebrities. Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster felt safe enough to come out only last year.

    Queen Latifah, Barry Manilow, Tim Curry (Rocky Horror), and Tyler Perry are the biggest names who still may be in the closet.

    Posted by: Robbie Horn | Sep 21, 2013 1:23:45 PM


  19. @i won't grow up. it's not classy to lie for other people's insecurities. the classy thing to do would be to not address the subject or answer questions about it.

    also, he is a "celeb" for no valid reason. not classy

    Posted by: gomez | Sep 21, 2013 1:29:19 PM


  20. Ew. So grossed out by the people commenting who are saying they would drag a celerity friend out of the closet with a smile on their face if they were in Lance's position, as if it's the moral thing to do because lying is sooo bad! Quit being deliberately obtuse, if Lance was asked a question relating to another celebrity's sexual orientation and he dodged the question because he was too ~moral to lie he would essentially be outing them. Seriously, shut up. I hope no one who's in a sensitive position personally and/or professionally because of their sexual orientation ever makes the mistake of confiding in you guys.

    Posted by: JMC | Sep 21, 2013 1:48:52 PM


  21. @DAMIEN: A ton is a measure of weight. At an average of about 200 lbs, that would mean he knows at least 10 closet cases. No doubt he does. Just clarifying.

    Posted by: MFinBH | Sep 21, 2013 1:54:37 PM


  22. .....are there any LGBT people who are *not* in a "sensitive position" in regards to Coming Out?

    if so, i've never met 'em.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 21, 2013 2:00:28 PM


  23. Gays are liars. "Tons of them" is a lie too. What is this great kinship in being gay?

    Posted by: MD | Sep 21, 2013 2:26:09 PM


  24. Lots of self-righteous comments today, and this is a flat-out lie itself: "There hasn't been a closet for 50 years."

    I'm glad that that commenter lives in a fully enlightened and egalitarian society. Unfortunately, there are many Americans (no, not Russians, Americans) who do not live in that kind of place and and feel they cannot risk their jobs, families, or lives to come out.

    Look up the stats on homeless LGBT youth -- especially in Utah -- and find out why they're homeless: their families kicked them out. You don't even have to leave this site to find it that story.

    No one has a right to force someone else how to live their life. What we can do is be there for our friend as they go through the coming out process for themselves.

    Posted by: Woody | Sep 21, 2013 2:55:21 PM


  25. In 2013, if someone is "in the closet" to the point they are trying to make people think that they are straight... then they have a really terrible self image and should not be enabled. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG OR BAD ABOUT BEING GAY. They should pitied at least or ignored at best. No reason to "out" them.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Sep 21, 2013 3:20:51 PM


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