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Lance Bass and Fiancé Michael Turchin Talk About Changing Mississippi Hearts and Minds on Marriage: VIDEO


Lance Bass and his fiancé Michael Turchin talk about their love for the state of Mississippi and changing hearts and minds in a new video for Southerns for the Freedom to Marry.

Says Bass:

"When we go out as a gay couple here in Mississippi. You don't feel what everyone says is going on down here in the South. People accept it so much better and they just see 'oh, that's cool. we like them together. They're really sweet.' We feel the love coming from them anyway, and the support. We just have to show them what being gay is. And that's being completely normal, and nothing different from that straight marriage over there."


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  1. spoken like a true clueless white millionaire..

    no, lance. it's not remotely about "being completely normal" - it's that a person doesn't need to be a part of the perceived cultural norm to be afforded grace, decency, respect, understanding, kindness and Equality.

    for the love of GOD, dude....i can't.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 13, 2014 2:09:47 PM

  2. the overall message is pretty good.

    but who is michael turchin? is he more than lance bass' boy toy?

    and lance with pseudo-facial hair is a no-no.

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 13, 2014 2:15:52 PM

  3. Love Mississippi? Get serious.

    Posted by: Joel | Mar 13, 2014 2:16:14 PM

  4. Well said, Kiwi.

    But what Bass is doing is a start, isn't it?

    (sigh) I guess if you're wealthy you can be whatever the hell you are wherever you are.

    Bass is awful cheerful, isn't he? Wish I could smile that often.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 13, 2014 2:24:46 PM

  5. "You don't feel what everyone says is going on down here in the South."

    Didn't realize all those gay bashings and anti-gay laws were imaginary.

    But whatever, you can't really be blunt when you're basically forced to be begging for your due basic equality.

    Posted by: Pablo | Mar 13, 2014 2:25:46 PM

  6. Does he honestly believe that the way people view him, a celebrity, is the same way they view the rest of us?

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 13, 2014 2:31:21 PM

  7. It's nice to be able to see others as accepting when you have fame and money.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 13, 2014 2:39:02 PM

  8. as usual everyone ready to harp on any celeb gay out there fighting the fight. I'm not a fan persay of Lance, but hey he's out there fighting for our cause. It is what it is.

    Posted by: mak136 | Mar 13, 2014 2:41:06 PM

  9. I'm glad he's down there letting people experience gay people, but my family believes that "love the sinner, hate the sin" crap. Glad I escaped.

    Posted by: John | Mar 13, 2014 2:45:57 PM

  10. MAK136 - nuance, please.

    nothing at all do with celebrities "fighting the fight" - but rather uttering clueless statements, and ones that actually aren't as useful as they could be.

    nuance. please.

    yes, it's a good start for him. i suppose. but lord, this guy needs to get out and interact with The Common People more.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 13, 2014 2:53:12 PM

  11. Perception, through all it's myriad filters, is reality.

    Lance. Please stop and think about the ramification of your words.

    Republican legislators: There's no need to include SO/GI in anti-discrimination legislation. Lance Bass said things are good in Mississippi.

    When you take on the mantle of spokesperson you have an obligation to at the very least get outside your personal reality and try to represent those that are victimized by inequality. Nobody doubts that things are good for you, that's not really the point though is it? The bullied kids, the young children in the Church pews who hear sermons telling them they are an abomination before God and condemned to hell. The assault victims. Theirs is not the reality of a rich famous former boy bander but that doesn't make it any the less painful.

    Posted by: BOOM! | Mar 13, 2014 2:53:47 PM

  12. "The government of the United to bigotry, no sanctuary; to persecution, no assistance." -George Washington; August 17, 1790

    Posted by: Craig Howell | Mar 13, 2014 2:56:05 PM

  13. I'm from mississippi. I'm mid 40's. There are actually portions of the state that are very tolerant and accepting. There have been gay student clubs in the MIssissippi universities since I was a student. Gay coworkers were bringing their spouses to work functions in the 90's, there were openly gay church members. Once, you get out of the larger communities and into the more rural areas, things might be different, just as when you leave Los Angeles, and say travel to Bakersfield or wherever.

    Posted by: kookie | Mar 13, 2014 3:00:24 PM

  14. Bass has always struck me as a genuinely good-natured, well-meaning person. But he's not the most perceptive or deepest-thinking guy around, either.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Mar 13, 2014 3:06:53 PM

  15. Lance, you can't be this naive. They do it because YOU are famous. That's it.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Mar 13, 2014 3:06:57 PM

  16. PABLO, you may have missed the reports of gay bashings that happen outside of the southern states. It's easy to pin all the problems on one region, and yes the South has it's share of the blame, but violene against gay people is not limited to that region.

    Posted by: Sam | Mar 13, 2014 3:07:44 PM

  17. So many jaded queens. Dear God, give the guy a break. Personally I think Bass is the luckier one here because he's found Turchin, who is, by no stretch of the imagination unattractive. It's good that they were friends first and found they had feelings for each other because it will make a better marriage rather than a one-night OMG I'm in love with you let's get married scenario. As gay people we should be happy for them and happy they are willing to step out in public and make these kinds of statements. Imagine yourself stepping into the limelight only to be beaten over the head by so many jaded queens. You're answer? You'd never do it. You'd slink, hide and insist you'd never want your private life to be so public. Get over yourself. Life is far too short and can be gone tomorrow.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 13, 2014 3:16:15 PM

  18. Hasn't made me slink away, Mike Ryan :D again, nuance. please.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 13, 2014 3:21:15 PM

  19. lol LITTLEKIWI ... i understand what you mean about interacting with the common people.
    And I am quite jaded one..didn't listen to the entire commercial.

    Posted by: mak136 | Mar 13, 2014 3:21:45 PM

  20. All Mississippi needs to do is air a few Honey Maid commercials and have the video of a cute, dancing, gay, white male couple getting engaged at a Walmart there go viral and voila ! Rainbows for everyone... Right?? Isn't that how it works? Kidding.


    I completely agree

    Posted by: Martin | Mar 13, 2014 3:34:18 PM

  21. Sore winners are as always on display in this thread. How dare you question our victimhood?!

    Posted by: AG | Mar 13, 2014 3:47:27 PM

  22. @AG aka (P)Rick
    And one toxic closeted racist Republican.

    Posted by: YOU AIN'T FOOLIN ANYONE | Mar 13, 2014 3:54:22 PM

  23. He's pleasant and hasn't done anything awful since coming out. It's better that he speak up than stay quiet.

    That said, he's just kind of there. Despite staying in the public eye, I doubt that he has much effect on what most anyone thinks. He doesn't ooze with charm, intellect, or sex appeal, but he's also not obnoxious or overly dramatic. Looking at him, my main feeling is that he shouldn't wear clothes that match his husband's---especially vivid stripes on TV. Which is probably not the takeaway he's seeking.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 13, 2014 3:58:14 PM

  24. The term "gay marriage" is used in this piece. Use of the term is divisive because there's no such thing as "straight marriage". Please sign our petition asking media to alter its terminology: 

    Posted by: imayogi | Mar 13, 2014 4:02:03 PM

  25. @IMAYOGI - petition signed.

    Michael Turchin looks familiar. A look see finds he is an actor and shirtless, incredibly hot. Lucky Lance.

    Picture here:

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 13, 2014 4:27:21 PM

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