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Why Lance Bass's coming out matters

He may not be at the peak of his career, but when Lance Bass of ‘NSYNC came out, it wasn’t a shock, but it provided yet another peek into public reaction to celebrities flinging open the closet door.

MTV’s web site has comments of support for the singer; note that many came from Red State America. As I’ve said many times before, the act of coming out is what scares the bible beaters most. They know that the younger generation is not fazed by this, and the genie can’t be put back into the bottle (though the fundies are trying mightily).

It was very encouraging to learn that Lance Bass came out. It seems that today, for celebrities to be gay is a bigger thing, because the whole world will find out. This allows people who hate gays to attack them. But I hope that things work out well for him. I just want to let him know that what he has done has encouraged me not to hide anymore either.
Paul, 19
Las Cruces, NM

As an ‘NSYNC fan for eight years – literally half my life – I was shocked when I heard the news, and I did cry, but even while I was crying, I knew I loved Lance all the same, just in a different way now. I support him completely, and as much as I admired him before, I respect him immeasurably now.
Taylor, 16
Richmond, VA

Lance Bass’ story makes me so very happy. I am the daughter of a homosexual male. It kills me that my father had to hide who he truly was for 15 years. It makes me happy to see that Lance is happy and comfortable enough to tell the world who he is. In today’s world, gay is becoming a norm. While many in the world may not agree, if we could all take the approach of Lance’s grandmother, who loves him and accepts him no matter what, maybe we can become a more accepting world too.
Erin, 22
Fort Wayne, IN

I think that it was really a good thing to come out like Lance Bass did. He is brave. It’s funny because I was at the “TRL” studio and they told us the announcement. I was not surprised, but my sis was. I’m myself bisexual and I’m proud of it, but my parents don’t know.
Hansel, 23
Ozone Park, NY

I love this story. I think it’s fantastic because it shows that Lance is happy with himself and that he is comfortable with who he is. It shows that it is OK to be gay and that there is nothing wrong with it.
Mona, 15
Austin, TX

I’m really happy that Lance is able to finally be himself without having to hide anything. It is a little jarring to see someone I had a major crush on when I was in junior high come out of the closet, but going by the articles and the things he’s said, he’s really happy now, and that’s all that matters.
Rebecca, 20
New York, NY

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Before decloseting, Bass and the ‘NSYNC crowd made this now-howler commercial in 2001 (unearthed by The Best Week Ever), a McDonald’s commercial with the group and a pre-KFed Britney Spears. They are playing a game of spin the bottle. It’s Lance’s turn, so he spins away, preps with a little breath spray…and the bottle doesn’t land on Britney…priceless.

Since his bandmates claimed not to know about Bass being queer at the time, it’s too bad; it would have been a cool in-joke.

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