If Lance Bass checks swing by MTV.com today he might notice an article about the 15th anniversary of 'NSYNC. (Wow, that makes me nostalgic.) Maybe that’s next on his to-read list, because first he’s sharing a CNN piece on what it’s like to be gay in rural Mississippi.
Lance went over the 140 characters to give this important Tweet:
His Tweet continues on Twitlonger: “weekend for HRC, DOMA, and then there's this: http://t.co/vxeeoeEDfP All the makings for great discussion on @DirtyPop108 !!”
He's got a point about a lot going on. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) just held a gala in LA. And DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act (which federally defines marriage as between a man and a woman) is being taken before the Supreme Court. Supporters of same-sex marriage hope it’ll be overturned.
Lance’s article is an opinion piece where human rights columnist John D. Sutter describes going to Franklin County, Mississippi, a place that supposedly has zero LGBT people. Of course there are LGBT living there, as Sutter found out, but not all of them are comfortable talking about it because of prejudice. “It's not that gay people here (or anywhere really) want to be in the closet, necessarily,” he writes. “It's the rest of the world that pushes them in and shuts the door.”
Sutter offers an eye-opening read, and since Lance grew up in Mississippi and made the heartfelt documentary “Mississippi I Am” about being gay in the state, you can see why this would touch him so much. If LGBT youth and adults are ever feeling alone in Mississippi (and elsewhere), they can know they have a former N*SYNCer on their side.