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Gay Iconography: Lance Bass' Big Coming Out

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The year 2006 marked a sort of fevered pitch for celebrities being “pushed” out of the closet. Bloggers like Perez Hilton routinely posted about famous faces that had theretofore never disclosed their sexuality. Facing overwhelming pressure from the booming gossip blogosphere and tabloids, two high-profile celebrities made their coming out official that year. One was Neil Patrick Harris, and the other was Lance Bass.

It’s easy to dismiss the magnitude of Bass’ announcement on the cover of People magazine from where we sit in 2014, especially when lumped together with darling NPH. Bass’ boyband heydey was already behind him, while Harris’ profile would continue to surge on stage and screen. However, as a member of one of the groups that defined the late-‘90s/early-‘00s bubblegum pop explosion, Bass’ coming out publicly inserted an LGBT person into the biggest (and perhaps most traditional, heteronormative) mainstream successes of a generation.

The People cover story also predated NPH’s by about four months. In the exclusive interview, Bass said:

“The thing is, I’m not ashamed – that’s the one thing I want to say … I don't think it's wrong, I'm not devastated going through this. I'm more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I'm just happy.”

The effects of his coming out are still seen today. Before coming out himself in 2013, Jason Collins reached out to Bass for advice. Here’s what he had to say:

“I told him, look, this is what I wish would have happened when I came out…because when I came out I had 24 hours to decide what was going to happen, because basically the magazine [People] said ‘We’re doing it with or without you.’ So I had 24 hours to decide to do this interview and I did – with People magazine, and I thought it went great. But what I wish I could have done back then was to have a couple of days to sit down with HRC, sit down with GLAAD…get downloaded [on how to handle this]…because back then…[it was just] like Jason told me today ‘I don’t know many gay people because all my life has been is sports, [and] I’ve had such a crazy schedule I never had to think about my private life.’”

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Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Set Wedding Date

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Lance Bass and boyfriend Michael Turchin are set to tie the knot on December 20, Bass's rep tells People

Last month, the former NSYNC-er celebrated the one year anniversary of his proposal to Turchin by popping the question a second time with a new engagement ring.

Bass also told the magazine that although there will be a NSYNC reunion at the ceremony, he won't be singing, saying "I think it's a little cheesy if I sing at all at my wedding."


Lance Bass Proposes To Fiancé Michael Turchin Again

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The former N*Sync-er celebrated the one year anniversary of his proposal to boyfriend Michael Turchin by popping the question a second time, with what appears to be a new engagement ring. Turchin posted a picture of the ring on Instagram with the caption, "Who gets proposed to a second time on the first anniversary of the first proposal?? This guy!!!"

Though the couple have been taking their time in getting down the aisle, People Magazine reports that the couple may be planning to tie the knot in early 2015: "'I literally called Michael last night and said, 'Babe, we have to plan something. I'm tired of telling everyone we haven't done anything yet!' [Bass] said." 


Give a Medal to These 104 Winning Instagram Pics from 'Gay Games 9' in Cleveland: PHOTOS

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Gay Games 9 kicked off on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio. The Games, conceived in 1980 by Dr. Tom Waddell and held every four years beginning in 1982, are open to all athletes regardless of sexual orientation and are expected to unite more than 9,000 mostly-LGBT participants and 30,000 spectators from around the world in competition and celebration, including a team from Russia:

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There are more than 35 sports and cultural events taking place and out Olympians Greg Louganis and (a newly engaged) Blake Skjellerup are in attendance. Lance Bass, who performed at the Opening Ceremony (which included a message from President Obama and another performance by The Pointer Sisters), has been busy about town.

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While competition has just begun to get fully underway and continues through the 16th we've collected 104 of our favorite Instagram photos and videos taken by athletes and spectators at the Opening Ceremony, parties, preparations and medal events that have already taken place.

And if you're at the Gay Games and have a great photo that you would like us to share, tag us @TLRD on Instagram or Twitter. Good luck to all the athletes who are competing!

Check out our big gay Gay Games gallery, and see if you can pick out some familiar faces, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lance Bass Debuts Blue Hairdo: PHOTOS

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Lance Bass recently debuted an adventurous new blue hairdo which he shared with fans on Instagram. Bass and his newly blue locks stepped out in Las Vegas for the 4th of July weekend with fiancé Michael Turchin. Bass hosted a release party for his new single, “Walking On Air”,  at Liaison, Vegas’ new gay club at Bally’s hotel, on the 4th.

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Freedom to Marry, Lance Bass to Go For World Record With Massive Toast to Gay Marriage

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On June 16th, Lance Bass – in partnership with Freedom to Marry, SKYY Vodka, and #ToastToMarriage– will kick off a nationwide campaign for marriage equality with an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the Largest Arms-Linked Toast.  

Lance bassThe kick-off toast in Atlanta, Georgia will be followed by a series of events across the country to raise awareness and funds for Freedom to Marry. Events will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Columbus, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

To find out how you can join the toasts across the country, visit www.toasttomarriage.com.


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