N Sync member Lance Bass has made a public service announcement for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network in which he speaks out against gay discrimination and harassment.
The spot is set to be distributed tomorrow (April 18) to promote the National Day of Silence on April 25, when students throughout the US will take a vow of silence to protest bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools.
Bass, who is gay, said, “I think it’s time for me to stand up … and help educate, because I’m lucky enough to have been given a voice to be able to talk and grab the attention of people.”
Bass joined the popular American boy band ‘N Sync along with Justin Timberlake and [ab]Joey Fatone in the 1990s, but did not speak publicly about being gay until 2006.
He told the Associated Press that he made the PSA in honour of Lawrence King, a 15-year-old student who was shot and killed in February in Oxnard, California by another student when he arrived at school wearing feminine clothing.
“I heard about Lawrence on the news, and it was just incredible to me that kids that age that would have such an issue … with the subject of being gay,” said Bass.
When asked about the possibility of reuniting with Timberlake and company for another ‘N Sync album, Bass said, “There’s always a chance that ‘N Sync will do another album. I am totally game, I would love to. I mean, the best times of my life were with those guys.”
–By our Los Angeles staff.
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