Lance Bass creates audio special to encourage people to come out
The *NSYNC alum didn't reveal his sexuality even though he knew about it from a young age as he feared it could have affected the band's reputation
As June marks the beginning of Pride Month, that time of the month when members and allies of the LGBTQ community come together to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, *NSYNC alum Lance Bass, along with film producer Nikki Levy, is creating 'The Path to Pride', an audio special for Audible.
The Path to Pride production which will be a celebration of storytelling and pride at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. According to a report by Broadway World, this special one-night event will take place following NYC's annual Pride day parade on Monday, June 25 at 7 pm. It is based on the Audible Original live storytelling special of the same name, which features several heartwarming stories from Bass, Levy, Frank DeCaro and Zeke Smith.
“It’s special that we’re using comedy in a way to tell these coming out stories,” Bass told Newsweek about the special.
“More people will be open to listening to it that aren’t gay. I hope people, especially [those] that have not come out yet, feel encouraged to be themselves. I’m sure everyone can relate to at least one of these stories. That’s really what it takes to get the courage to come out, finding someone that you relate to,” he said.
Bass's coming out was not easy, but he stated in a 2006 interview with People that he had known since childhood that he is gay.
He confessed, "I’ve known my whole life. In my head, I just knew I couldn’t do it. You know, 'That’s just wrong, it’s totally wrong.' It’s so strange because I always knew and dealt with it; it’s nothing that was confusing to me. I told myself, 'This is what you are. This is the way you were born.' I definitely didn’t ask to go through this, but I just knew it was something that I would have to hide my whole life."
After revealing his sexuality, there were rumors that his sexuality had begun to affect his personal life. Probably 'The Path to Pride' project is a proof that there's still a lot to be learned about Bass. He still remains distraught at the thought of the mindless attack which took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida about two years ago.
According to NBC, Omar Mateen, the gunman pledged allegiance to the anti-gay ISIS, the group notoriously known for releasing videos of gay men being thrown off buildings. This nightclub was where Bass was able to celebrate his sexuality.
Bass also mentioned that at 16 when he started with *NSYNC he could easily hide his sexuality due to his young age.
"It was when I was 19, 20 and everyone started having serious relationships that I really started feeling depression for the first time. All the guys had girlfriends and we’d get a couple of days off and [they would be with] girlfriends and I was the only one who didn’t have anyone. That’s when it started getting really scary because I was like, ‘I can’t keep this ruse up much longer.'"
As a member of one of the most popular boybands, Bass was under the constant fear that revealing his sexuality might jeopardize the band's career.
"It was a secret I was always going to take to the grave."
According to Bustle, it was during an *NYSNC hiatus that Bass reached a point of no return when he eventually entered into his first same-sex relationship. "I started really understanding [myself.] ... You trick yourself into thinking you can hide it, but once I kissed a guy I was like, ‘All right. I’m 100 percent gay and this feels right'."