Lance Bass Blasts California Republicans For Anti-Gay Bigotry

In a posting at Lance Bass’ private blog at Myspace.com, the former *NSYNC star began showing his anger at the Republican party over its actions against gays, which he experienced first hand at the California State Assembly Chamber in Sacramento during an awards ceremony.

“So I go to the Capitol yesterday for an award ceremony,” he writes on Tuesday (August 15). “I got to sit in the State Assembly Chamber and watch bills pass or not pass (yea I know fun right?!) But this is where it gets fun! Most of the Assembly members I have to say are very professional, listen to all the bills and make the right decision for their districts. I met many of my Senators and assembly members and they were great. But then I saw many members that were flat out lazy and stupid. I saw some talking and laughing with each other as important issues were being discussed and some you could tell were just plain bored with being there. Some of these guys were so old and senile it made me sick. To think all the laws passed have to go through some of them is crazy. So that was how they looked! NOW this is how they sounded and acted! So the awards ceremony was for 6 outstanding leaders in their field who HAPPEN to be gay. Uh oh! The s**t hit the fan! The whole Republican party walked out and held an urgent meeting. They decide it is unmoral and want to protest the fact that it would take up too much time in their busy schedule to let this happen. Mind you they do these recognition ceremonies ALL THE TIME.. for different organizations. So they leave for a good 40 minutes to discuss and come back and vote to keep all of us off the floor. The rest of the assembly overturned it and we got to go out. Then another 20 minutes we had to listen to about 4 bigots stand up and speak about how they oppose the ceremony because it was sinful and waste of time. Ok so now they have spent 1 hour complaining how the 10 minute ceremony would take up too much time! And that totally describes how most of our government is run! They complain just to complain. Listening to members like George Plescia (the leader of his party, and representing San Diego) and Dennis Mountjoy made me wonder if I were at a KKK meeting or an assembly!… I think I did see some white robes shoved underneath their desks! I never thought I would ever get involved with politics because I never thought I knew enough to have an opinion.. but after seeing what idiots we have representing us I might have to throw myself into it to shove some sense into some people!!”

Jordan Knight On Lance Bass Being Out Of The Closet

Former New Kids on the Block singer Jordan Knight weighed in on the news that former *NSYNC member Lance Bass announced that he’s gay. “I think it’s pretty cool,” the 36-year-old Knight told The New York Daily News on Tuesday (August 8) after singing some ’80s hits at the Cutting Room, complete with choreography that goes hand in hand with NKOTB live sets. “I’m looking forward to a boy band that comes out, and right off the box they say one of them is gay. I think that would be the best thing. They’ll get all the girls and all the gay guys, know what I mean? It’ll be perfect!”

Incredible Heat Back East

August 4, 2006 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “Welcome to ‘The Tonight Show’, although it cooled off a little bit in California, incredible heat back East. It was, like, 104 in Boston today. Major heat. It was so hot, Lance Bass came out, went back in. That’s how hot.”

‘Last Call’ Line Scorcher

August 3, 2006 – Carson Daly joked during his ‘Last Call’ monologue on Tuesday night, “Thank you, you were outside for the last hour, bearing the heat. I appreciate it. It was so hot that, earlier today, Lance Bass from *NSYNC, went back into the closet just to cool down.”

*NSYNC Bandmates Knew Early On Lance Bass Was Gay

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “According to the New York Post, the other members of *NSYNC said they realized early on that Lance Bass was gay. You know how they knew? Apparently, when they went into his dressing room, he had a a poster of *NSYNC on the wall.”

Conan Finally Gets To Joke About Lance’s Gay Announcement

August 2, 2006 – Conan O’Brien, who was on vacation last week, joked during his Late Night monologue on Tuesday night, “The other day, *NSYNC singer Lance Bass announced that he’s gay. Says he’s gay, yeah. When asked about it, Bass said, ‘It’s not that hard telling your parents you’re gay, once you’ve already told them you were in *NSYNC.'”

Will Lance Bass Dump Reichen Lehmkuhl?

July 31, 2006 – Former *NSYNC star Lance Bass is set to end his romance with Reichen Lehmkuhl, sick of the ‘Amazing Race’ champ’s controlling ways. “Reichen forced Lance to come out just at the same time he has a book coming out [‘Here’s What We’ll Say’] so he could ride the publicity wave,” a spy revealed. “He is a big gay activist and very controlling. He wants Lance to give up his straight friends and do whatever he tells him to.”

Justin Timberlake On Lance Bass Coming Out

Justin Timberlake spoke with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ about his former *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass’ decision to reveal that he’s gay. Timberlake said, “I’m proud of him, support him. You know something like that, for someone like Lance, because I’ve known him since I was 15, for him I think it was more about self acceptance and that is the best part about it. It feels like he’s really comfortable speaking on it, and that’s the most important part.”

Lance Bass Is Just ‘Regular Gay’

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday night, “Lance Bass tells the current issue of People magazine that he is gay. But just regular gay, not George Michael-in-the-bushes gay. That’s another gay. … As you might have heard, George Michael and his long-term lover, their wedding is back on. Remember it was off? Well, now it’s back on. It had been called off after George was caught having sex in the park with some fat truck driver. Yeah, that’s what it said in the paper. But George figured he would apologize to his fiance by sending him one of these. This is the hottest thing you can get now. It’s the ‘Sorry I had sex with a guy in the park’ bouquet. … You know, it’s interesting. I was at newsstands today, and Lance Bass isn’t the only person to make a big announcement. Give me those magazines, Joy. This is the current issue of People. See right there it says, ‘Lance Bass: “I’m gay.”‘ This is the story. George Michael is on Us magazine: ‘I’m really, really gay.’ Superman is on the cover of People: ‘I’m not gay!’ And surprisingly, on the current issue of Field & Stream, it’s Ryan Seacrest, ‘I’m going bass fishing.’ I don’t know what that means.”

Before Lance And Reichen Went Public

July 29, 2006 – Former *NSYNC star Lance Bass and ‘Amazing Race 4’ winner Reichen Lehmkuhl immediately parted at New York’s Central Park two months ago when they notice the cameras. Later, someone in their party attacked the cameraman. TMZ.com has since removed the video.

Reichen Understands Lance’s Reluctance To Come Out

July 28, 2006 – Because of his own experiences, Reichen Lehmkuhl can understand how for his boyfriend Lance Bass, coming out now was a lot easier than during *NSYNC’s heyday. “You worry about how it’s going to affect things in your own life, not just to protect yourself but everyone around you,” he tells ‘Entertainment Tonight’. “Anytime someone comes out of the closet, they have their own personal journey.”

Lance Bass Stayed Closeted For *NSYNC Bandmates

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass announced in the new People magazine that he is gay. Isn’t that ironic? All this time we thought he was *NSYNC, turns out he’s a Backstreet Boy. What are the odds? … Lance, we love you, but I gotta do the jokes. I’m sorry. No, he said he held back the information all of these years because he didn’t want to hurt the careers of the other members of *NSYNC. Well, no problem now. … I think he came out at the right time. No. He said he was inspired to come out of the closet after seeing George Michael come out of the bushes. So, apparently, that’s what happened.”

Lance Bass’ Boyfriend Speaks Out

July 27, 2006 – Lance Bass’ boyfriend, Reichen Lehmkuhl, talked exclusively to ‘Access Hollywood’ host Billy Bush about the former *NSYNC star coming out. When asked if bloggers’ speculations about their relationship forced Bass to come out, Lehmkuhl said, “I think through the entire time of being in the closet anyone is going to feel pressures from this or that. You know, obviously from the article, this was the time that Lance decided it was, you know, that he was ready to come out.”

Lehmkuhl added that he and Lance have been following news coverage in wake of his announcement. “Yeah, we’ve seen a few shows and, you know, it’s all very positive,” Lehmkuhl said.

Chip Arndt Congratulates Former Partner Reichen Lehmkuhl & Lance Bass

GayWired.com reports Chip Arndt, whose winning of the hit CBS-TV reality show ‘The Amazing Race’ with former partner Reichen Lehmkuhl advanced the right of gay marriage, has expressed his congratulations to *NSYNC star Lance Bass for his courage in telling People magazine, “I’m gay”, and announcing his relationship with Lehmkuhl to the world.

Arndt said, “The incredible, international response to our participation in ‘The Amazing Race’ from young LGBT people led me to commit my life to doing all I can to help make them proud of who they are and fully integrate into their families and communities. As we continue to be demonized and exploited by the highest levels of government and antigay-for-pay religious extremists, Lance’s example for his countless fans and those who don’t know him personally is another major step forward on the road to full equality for LGBT people. Lance’s courage and integrity demonstrates to everyone, once again, the incredible variety of wonderful people who make up the colors of the rainbow flag. I wish him and Reichen the very best and look forward to working with them to achieve our shared goal of first class citizenship, while protecting and empowering LGBT youth!”

The full story at gaywired.com has since been removed.

Industry Helped ‘Sweet Kid’ Lance Bass Keep His Secret

July 27, 2006 – A top music industry executive, who requested anonymity Wednesday, told Bill Zwecker of The Chicago Sun-Times he was not surprised that former *NSYNC star Lance Bass’ homosexuality had not been revealed earlier.

“Unlike people like George Michael or Elton John – gay guys who have made enemies over the years – Lance Bass is a sweet kid who is very well liked in the business,” the exec said. “A lot of people knew he was gay, but nobody really cared and didn’t want to out him just for spite.”

Lance Bass’ Struggle

July 27, 2006 – One of Lance Bass’ friends tells The New York Daily News the singer remained closeted not only for the sake of *NSYNC, but because of his parents. “His biggest struggle has been coming out to his family,” the source said. “They’re super-religious and he thought they would never accept him. But he’s been out to his friends for at least five years.”

Lance Bass Announcement Shocks Jay Leno

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “Well, in an exclusive with People magazine this week, former *NSYNC member Lance Bass announced he is gay. Of course, I was shocked. You mean the other guys in *NSYNC aren’t gay? I thought the whole band was gay. [Laughter] What, just one? Wow. … I guess when they were singing ‘Bye Bye Bye’ to all those screaming young girls they weren’t kidding. ‘Bye Bye Bye’. [Laughter] … No, he said he first knew he was gay when he realized his name was Lance Bass. That’s how he knew it. … Well, good luck to him. We like Lance.”

Lance Bass Not Doing Interviews Post People

July 26, 2006 – As expected since coming out to People, former *NSYNC star Lance Bass has been inundated with media attention and in an email to ‘Access Hollywood’ host Nancy O’Dell Wednesday morning, Lance said: “Thank you so much for your support! I’m just not going to do any interviews… don’t want to cram it down peoples throats! Just know I am very happy and maybe I can make being gay a little more acceptable.”

Joey Fatone Was First *NSYNC’er To Know Lance Bass Was Gay

MTV News has more details on Lance Bass’ People magazine cover story, where the former *NSYNC star revealed that he is gay. Joey Fatone was Lance’s first bandmate he told about being gay, after Fatone walked in on Bass with a male date at his house in Orlando, Florida.

Fatone’s response at the time? “Dude, I don’t care,” Bass recalled him saying. Chris Kirkpatrick found out last summer and JC Chasez three months ago. “Very few people have the guts to come up to you and say, ‘Hey, are you gay?'” Bass said. “I’m pretty sure they all knew and they probably all talked to each other, but they had the respect to let me tell them. I haven’t had the conversation with Justin [Timberlake] yet. I know he knows, but I’ve never really sat him down and said it. I will be calling him.”

Lance Bass Gets Support From Former Bandmates

July 26, 2006 – Lance Bass’ former *NSYNC bandmates Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez have responded to his revelation that he’s gay. “Lance is one of my great friends,” Timberlake said. “I support him and wish him all the happiness in the world.” JC told ‘The Insider’: “I’ve known Lance for more than 10 years. We have been through so much together. He is family and I support him unconditionally.”

Lance Bass ‘Liberated’ After Revealing He’s Gay

July 26, 2006 – People magazine’s Julie Dam spoke with ‘Extra’ about why former *NSYNC star Lance Bass is revealing that he’s gay in the magazine’s new issue. “Because all the rumors were starting to affect her personal life, his daily life,” she said. “So he wanted to set the record straight, and he wanted to do it on his terms.” She added, “He’s never felt so liberated in his entire life.”

If Lance Bass Can Admit To Being Gay, Why Can’t A Pro Athlete?

July 26, 2006 – William K. Wolfrum of TravelGolf.com weighed in on the news that former *NSYNC star Lance Bass announced he is gay. “So if someone like Bass can take the plunge, will there come a day when an active male professional athlete admits to homosexuality,” he asked. “Do we all seriously believe that there are no male homosexual golfers on the PGA or European Tours?”

Wolfrum added, “Hiding and lying for the sake of others is no way for anyone to live. Not if you’re a pop star, or even a golfer.”

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