Lance Bass reveals why he didn’t come out while in NSYNC

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Lance Bass speaks at the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2016. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers.

Lance Bass, Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and JC Chasez celebrated a milestone together as they accepted NSYNC’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this week.

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04.05.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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It’s often argued that one shouldn’t discuss religion or politics,

so I’d like to talk about both.

When I was in high school, I learned through friends in my Southern Baptist youth group that the deacons of my small-town, smaller-minded church were trying to pray my gay away. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work.

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Southern Baptist theologian criticizes reparative therapy, but still says homosexuality is a sin

By : Wire Report
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Southern Baptist theologian on Oct. 5 spoke out against psychological counseling aimed at turning gay people straight, saying homosexuality cannot be turned off like a switch. Instead, he said, the “sin” of being attracted to a person of the same sex can be changed by turning to the Bible’s teachings.

The Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said so-called conversion or reparative therapy doesn’t carry the redemptive power of prayer.

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Kelly Clarkson talks new equality-inspired anthem, gay bars and her ‘Kezbo’ following

By : Chris Azzopardi
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Before catapulting to pop stardom, Kelly Clarkson was one of us. In many ways, she still is.

The original American Idol, who memorably erupted into waterworks when she won the first season of the reality show in 2002, wasn’t always able to muster the willpower she’s instilled in the gay community through her uncompromising persona and liberating pop anthems, including those on her latest album, Piece by Piece.

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HRC, LGBT Baptists attend Southern Baptist convention

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and a small group of LGBT Baptists attended a conference put on by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission. The meeting, titled “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage,” was held in Nashville, Tenn. On Oct. 28 to discuss the growing issue of LGBTs and religion.

While some religions have become accepting toward the LGBT population, not all have. A recent survey done by the HRC showed more than 50 percent of LGBT Mississippians who participated in the survey were people of faith, yet 22 percent of them had received harassment on a monthly of more frequent basis by their places of worship. This trend was also apparent in states like Alabama and Arkansas.

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