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Lance Bass Talks Wedding, Growing Up Gay in the South, and Feeling 'Liberated' as a Married Man: VIDEO

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Lance Bass and hubby Michael Turchin sat down with GLAAD: All Access host Claire Pires to discuss their tv special Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding which airs tonight on E!

In the interview, Bass (who grew up in Mississippi) revealed one of the main reasons why he wanted to televise his wedding in the first place:

"Growing up gay in the south is very lonely. So that's one of the main reasons I wanted to do this special was to give hope out there for small town kids to watch this special and let them know that there's nothing wrong with you. You can have this if you want it." 

The two also dished on the funny story of Turchin's proposal, the "humorous" planning that went into the wedding itself (which will be America's first televised same-sex wedding special) and on Lisa Vanderpump of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills being "appalled" at the state of their kitchenware before the big day. 

Later, the two shared why marriage means so much to them.

Said Bass:

"Once you're able to say 'husband' it just means so much more. And it means much more to everyone else. Because they treat you differently, they really do. They take you seriously. Then the next question is 'When are you having kids?' You feel like a whole human being....completely liberated, a whole person. No longer a second class citizen anymore - to be able to say 'husband' instead of 'civil partner'"

Bass and Turchin also did a separate interview with Meredith Vieira where they discussed their support for Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd's pledge to "out" anti-gay lawmakers having extramarital affairs. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding airs tonight at 8/7c on E!

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Wedding Bells for 'Lance,' 'Glee' and 'Parks and Rec'

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Here comes the grooms in E! Network’s reality special, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern. See the former boybander tie the knot, plus his bandmate JC Chasez serenades the happy couple.

What's coming up on the final seasons of Parks and Recreation and Glee, plus more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Lance Bass And Husband Michael Turchin Discuss Their Marriage Ceremony On ET Ahead Of E! Wedding Special

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Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 3.53.56 PMLance Bass and now husband Michael Turchin appeared on Entertainment Tonight to chat with Nancy O'Dell about their wedding ahead of an E! special airing next month about it. The two married on Dec. 20 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Guests included Kristina Applegate, Gabourey Sidibe, Kris Jenner and N'Sync member JC Chasez who also sang at the wedding. Bass said to O'Dell that one of his favorite moments from the wedding is when Chasez performed for the couple.

Said Bass:

"It was one of the best pieces of the wedding...and you'll see there's a really funny moment that happens (in the E! special)."

Bass and Turchin dated for several years until Bass asked Turchin's family for his hand in marriage and proposed in September 2013. Bass mentioned in the interview that getting to the altar was no easy task considering attitudes toward gay marriage in the South.

Said Bass:

"Coming from the South it's still a huge subject - the whole gay marriage...to see my Mississippi parents walking me down the aisle, it really spoke volumes."

The E! special, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, airs on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Tie the Knot!

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After three years together, Lance Bass and Michael Turchin officially exchanged vows last night at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. 

People reports:

Wedding planner Sharon Sacks – who did Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's nuptials – produced a unique ceremony with a wedding party that included supermodel flower girls and the couple's three dogs, but also incorporated classic traditions from Bass's southern Baptist upbringing and Turchin's Jewish heritage. 

Bass says the approximately 300 guests – including Lisa Vanderpump and Bass's former 'NSYNC bandmates JC Chasez,Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick – were asked to come dressed as though they were attending "a royal wedding but at the Met Ball." 

Justin Timberlake is currently on tour and was unable to attend.

E! will be ariing a 90-minute special on the ceremony, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, on February 5. 

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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."


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