The honorable Lance Bass of NSYNC fame is gay. Yes, it’s true. He’s out of the closet and dating that hot Reichen dude from The Amazing Race.
Why the hell is this a big deal though? I guess it’s good he’s out of the closet since it may encourage those still "closeted" to come out. Being a closeted homosexual can’t be easy. Living a lie of that magnitude to yourself, your family, and your friends would be very tough. It’s not a position I would ever want to put myself in. I say this because I have three siblings that are gay. All of them chose different times to come out, a deeply personal choice of theirs. Maybe the timing of their "outing" was in fact speed up by a celebrity’s decree. The upside of Lance’s announcement will hopefully encourage folks to come out of closet. One can only hope. Be proud, be gay… I say.
The flipside of this Lance Bass news is "who cares?". This really shouldn’t be news because being gay isn’t a big deal. It’s estimated that at least 10% of the population is gay. I suspect the actual percentage is higher. Should every celebrity call a news conference when they decide to come out? Or, in the case of Oprah, make a stupid press release to announce you aren’t gay. Come on. Who gives a shit? I know I sure don’t. However I’m probably not Average Joe based on where I live and my siblings situations.
I can only hope five years from now we’re no longer debating the gay marriage issue. It’s ridiculous how this sort of thing bothers people. If someone is gay, they’ve likely been gay for a some time people! Get used to it. No amount of praying, money, operations, etc. is going to change that. Don’t we have more important shit to worry about? Argh. Okay, I got that off my chest and I feel much better.