Find Out How Lance Bass Helped the First Openly Gay NBA Player Jason Collins Come Out!

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Apr. 30 2013, Published 4:44 a.m. ET

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Yesterday was a huge day for sports, pop culture and really the whole world as Jason Collins came out and became the first openly gay professional basketball player! He currently plays center in the NBA for the Washington Wizzards and shared with the world in Sports Illustrated "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

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What's bringing us even more tears of joy? He called Lance Bass for advice!

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Lance famously came out on the cover of People Magazine and revealed yesterday on his SiriusXM radio show Dirty Pop with Lance Bass :

“…my number one fear of coming out—was that I was scared that people were going to make fun of me so much that it would set the community back and scare people into the closet more. Because I thought being a boy bander in ‘NSYNC, people were going to take that and…say…‘Of course!’ and make fun of me so much—I was so scared that it was going to hurt the community, but it didn’t. It totally went the other route.”

Lance Bass

Duh, we love you Lance!

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And so at the urging of their mutual friend and total sweetheart JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Jason called Lance who encouraged him to sit down with GLAAD and:

"…and get some really good information before he does these sit downs…so he doesn’t put his foot in his mouth, say something that he’s going to regret…because this will live on for the rest of his life, and he’ll always have this first sit down to look back on – and he wants to make sure it’s good.”

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We are so proud of you Lance, Jason and the millions of other people around the world making this brave decision!

You can hear Lance weekdays on SiriusXM channel 108 on Dirty Pop with Lance Bass from 6-8 p.m. ET!

What advice have you given a friend on making a brave decision? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @OKMagazine.


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