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Bass, Lance (b. 1979)  
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Bass admitted that the criticism stung, but he also realized that he needed to "get way more educated about myself [and] the community." He has since become active in a number of efforts, including participating in the Logo television network's "Visible Vote" project, doing public service announcements for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and taking part in protests against Proposition 8 in California in 2008.

Bass continued his acting career with roles in Randal Kleiser's Lovewrecked (2005), which he also produced, Dennis Dugan's I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), and G. Lewis Heslet's Girl Camp (2007). He also appeared as himself in Ben Stiller's Zoolander (2001) and Tropic Thunder (2008) and Wes Craven's Cursed (2005). Bass made his Broadway debut in August 2007, when he began a six-month engagement as Corny Collins in Hairspray.

Bass founded Lance Bass Productions with an eye to developing television series. None has yet made it to the small screen, but Bass was a contestant on the ABC network's extremely popular Dancing with the Stars program in its 2008 season.

Bass and professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer were not among the pairs touted as favorites when the season started, but they survived the early rounds despite some criticism from the judges for their sometimes unorthodox choreography. As Bass grew in proficiency as a member of the dance team, their scores improved, and they defied the odds by making it to the finals, where they finished third. When the competition ended, judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Bass, "You never took the safe road once, and so I applaud you."

A fan favorite, Bass was invited to join the "Dancing with the Stars" nationwide tour that began in January 2009.

Bass has been generous in supporting charitable causes, including children in need, the environment, and animal welfare. In October 2005 he participated in a benefit concert at the University of Mississippi to raise funds to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In September 2013, Bass announced his engagement to fellow Southerner Michael Turchin and revealed details of his proposal in a special edition of his SiriusXM radio show, Dirty Pop with Lance Bass.

On the broadcast, Bass explained why he decided to propose in New Orleans' Jackson Square. "New Orleans is my favorite city in the world," Bass said. "I've been coming here my whole life. I was born just across the border here [in Laurel, Mississippi]. . . and Turkey also has roots here." He added, "I got down on one knee and I proposed, right in front of Jackson Square, my favorite place."

In March 2014, Bass and Turchin released a YouTube video urging Southerners to become involved in the Freedom to Marry movement. In the video, Bass and Turchin place their relationship in the context of Southern values of family and tradition. They stress their commitment to each other and to building a family together.

Bass and Turchin emphasize that there is a lot of support for same-sex marriage in the South, but that it is sometimes obscured by a generational divide. They urgesthe younger generation to lead the way to make it possible for everyone to have the freedom to marry the person they love.

Linda Rapp

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arts >> Overview:  Film Actors: Gay Male

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social sciences >> Overview:  Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

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arts >> Overview:  Music Video

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arts >> Overview:  Musical Theater and Film

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arts >> Halford, Rob

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arts >> Harris, Neil Patrick

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social sciences >> Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

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arts >> Martin, Ricky

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arts >> Pansy Division

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Amatangelo, Amy. "Brooke Waltzes into Hearts." Boston Herald (November 26, 2008): The Edge, 34.

Bass, Lance. Out of Sync. New York: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007.

Buchanan, Kyle. "Why Wasn't This the Year of Lance Bass?" The Advocate 1000 (January 15, 2008): 28.

Farber, Jim. "'NSync Is 'N-Spired: Don't Tell These Superstars That Boys Will Be Boys." Daily News (New York) (March 24, 2000): Entertainment News.

Lance Bass Official Web Site:

Laudadio, Marisa. "Lance Bass: 'I Feel Like Myself. I'm Not Hiding Anything.'" People Weekly 66.6 (August 7, 2006): 86.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Bass, Lance  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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