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    July 14, 2006 How much privacy should onetime *NSYNC star Lance Bass expect when he visits a prominent gay bar with a prominent gay star?

    On Wednesday, The New York Post's Page Six column reported that Bass had been spotted with "Amazing Race" star Reichen Lehmkuhl at Atlantic House, a gay bar in Provincetown, Mass.

    Following the Post report, a blog on the Washington Blade, a leading newspaper for the gay and lesbian community, said that Bass had been outed.

    Through his spokeswoman, Cindy Owen, Bass, 27, declined to comment on the report. Lehmkuhl's spokeswoman, Mara Santino, also declined to comment on the Post report.

    Certainly, simply visiting a gay club doesn't confirm that you are gay. But historically, mainstream media have restrained from exposing the sexual orientation of celebrities who have chosen to keep that side of themselves personal. Some gay activists condemn the Post and other media outlets for speculating about Bass' sexual orientation.

    "Coming out is a personal, private decision that needs to be made by the individual," said Damon Romine, entertainment media director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. "Media speculation about people's sexual orientation is not something we support."


    Mass Speculation Not Necessarily Truth

    Blade is a newspaper that takes a more aggressive approach outing celebrities.

    Its reporters expose celebrities they believe are in the closet and are hypocritical for not publicly revealing their sexual orientation.

    "Perhaps the Post is not outright saying Lance is gay. But by implication, we can all easily connect the dots," said Kevin Naff, managing editor of the Washington Blade.

    In his "Blade Blog" entry "Bye, Bye, Bye to the Closet," Naff questioned why Bass had allegedly continued to deny his sexuality while otherwise living what he described as an "openly closeted" celebrity, comparing it to what Rosie O'Donnell and Ellen DeGeneres had done for several years before they publicly came out.

    Over the July Fourth holiday, Naff wrote in his blog that Bass reportedly had made "the gay party rounds," appearing with Lehmkuhl at several prominent gay Provincetown parties.

    His whereabouts were also noted by "gay bloggers" Andy Towle and Cyd Zeigler, Naff wrote. Bass, Naff wrote, "tried lamely to disguise himself with a hat" during his vacation.

    "Unfortunately for Bass, it wasn't big enough to fool the New York Post," Naff wrote, adding that it was the most media exposure Bass had received since "his odd and ill-fated attempt at space exploration."

    Lehmkuhl and Bass have been spotted together several times in the last few months.

    Lehmkuhl became a prominent gay celebrity in 2003, after winning the $1 million prize for "The Amazing Race 4" with his former lover, Chip Arndt.

    He has since appeared on "Fear Factor" and other reality TV shows, while hosting a talk show on Q Television, a now-defunct cable network for the gay and lesbian community.

    Other mainstream media have been reporting on Bass-Lehmkuhl spottings.

    On Monday, The New York Daily News noted that online gossip maven Perez Hilton had photographic evidence that suggested Bass and Lehmkuhl were sharing each other's clothing.

    It doesn't seem like the quest to out Bass will stop anytime soon even if the reports are wrong.

    "If privacy is what Lance wants, that's something that's easy to have," Naff said. "But if you're Lance Bass, and you're going to the gayest town on the gayest day of the year and going to gay parties, you have to expect something."

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    Default Re: No Privacy for Lance Bass at Gay Bar

    Question; do straight guys go to gay bars? I wouldn't think so, but if someone could verify that..

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    Yes, if they have gay friends. It's a trade-off, they'll go to straight bars with straight friends, so straight friends go to the gay bars with them. I've been to quite a few gay bars in a mixed group of both gay and straight men as well as gay and straight women. They straight men usually have a good time, if they get hit on by a man, they tell them they are just there with friends (some of the less comfortable ones grab the closest girl they came with and start being affectionate with them to give the hint).

    It's actually kind of funny b/c sometimes at the end of the night the straight men that didn't get hit on get a little subconcious like there was something wrong with them because no one even wanted to hit on them regardless of the fact they aren't interested

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    Default Re: No Privacy for Lance Bass at Gay Bar

    I see what the big deal is if he is gay?

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    Default Re: No Privacy for Lance Bass at Gay Bar

    I'm female, but I have been to gay and lesbian bars with both gay and lesbian friends, sometimes with my straight man in tow. It doesn't mean shit to go to a gay bar.

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    I think its kind of funny how Perez Hilton is making it his mission to out this guy. I don't know WHY he is so hell bent on doing it, but it kind of makes me laugh in a wierd way....
    I don't care either way honestly...

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    I think Perezhilton believes in fighting hypocrisy. Its not right that closeted gay stars EXPLOIT the gay community for their own gain. They go to the gays for sex and act and lie in the mainstream as straight. Perez I like what he's doing he's only telling us the obvious. It isn't just that Lance went to a gay bar. He went to PROVINCETOWN that's the queerest town in America. Just about everyone in PROVINCETOWN is GAY. And he has been seen all across America with an OUT GAY CELEBRITY REICHEN Lehumul that's pretty obvious.

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    It's funny, because back in '99 I always used to look at Lance Bass and go: "That guy looks so gay!"
    But I didn't mean it in the literal sense at the time.

    Off topic- did he end up going into space?

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    Default Re: No Privacy for Lance Bass at Gay Bar

    Quote Originally Posted by Allie
    It's funny, because back in '99 I always used to look at Lance Bass and go: "That guy looks so gay!"
    But I didn't mean it in the literal sense at the time.

    Off topic- did he end up going into space?

    Nope, he was denied.

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