Several Members of the LGBTQ Community Speak Out About Tab Hunter's Passing

Several prominent members of the LGBTQ community spoke out about the passing of openly gay actor Tab Hunter today.

According to TMZ and his official Facebook page, he died on Sunday night at the age of 86. 

Tab was a big actor during Hollywood's Golden Era in the 1950's, with starring roles in Damn Yankees and The Burning Hills. He was unfortunately closeted during the height of his fame, and didn't openly discuss his sexuality for several decades until the release of his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

That was eventually made into a documentary about his life, where he talked about his relationships with actor Anthony Perkins and champion figure skater Ronnie Robertson. The book became a New York Times best seller several different times after its original release. He was partnered to a man named Allan Glaser for 35 years up until the time of his death.

Since word got out that he passed, plenty of people in the LGBTQ community shared their memories of or with Tab on social media, including Matt Bomer, who shared a touching message about him on his Instagram Monday.



"Grateful that we were able to meet the incredible Tab Hunter and thank him for his authenticity and courage. Rest In Peace."

These sorts of words were followed by many more in our community, including Lance Bass, choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne, and progressive Democrat James Duke Mason.







Even the people who run the late drag icon Divine's social media account shared a photo of the two of them from the set of the film Polyester.



May he rest in peace.



Lance Bass On Being A Closeted Gay In The World's Biggest Boy Band

Twenty years after N’SYNC became the biggest boy band in the world, band member Lance Bass says it was “torture” being closeted during the time of such success.

In an interview with HuffPost  Bass recalls the release of N’SYNC’s first album in the spring of 1998 and his fears of being discovered as gay.

“It was torture,” Bass shared with HuffPost. “Onstage, I felt like I was just playing a character, but offstage, unfortunately, I didn’t get to have my real life.”

Being gay was a different experience for young men in the late 1990s. Our military had “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in place; marriage equality was just a dream; prominent politicians didn’t get out front at Pride Parades; and the music industry didn’t give you a pat on the back for coming out even if you made your label lots of money.

All of that, plus a Southern Baptist upbringing in deeply conservative Mississippi, kept Bass quiet and in the closet.

Bass explained how it was disconcerting to play the part of pop star onstage, but life offstage felt very different.

“It was definitely a depression,” said Bass. “Ironically a depression: to be in one of the biggest bands in the world and have the best time of my life. But when I was home, I felt really horrible about myself. So yeah, it was sad.”

It would be decades before we’d see young artists like Troye Sivan and Sam Smith embraced by the music industry. 

Bass didn’t feel safe to come out not only out of concern for his own career, but he had a band to think about.

“The ’90s were a different time. If you came out, if anyone knew you were gay, it was a disaster and people really flipped out,” he said. “I felt like if anyone found out that I was gay, the record label would immediately drop us and the fans would hate us ― these were all the crazy things that went through my head as a teenager.” 

For the entire six year run of N’SYNC, Bass didn’t even tell his band mates his secret. “I knew that they wouldn’t be able to keep their mouths shut,” he says.

“I just thought if I even told just one single person it would get out, which it would have. So that secret stayed with me and me only.” 

It wasn’t until 2006 that Bass come out to the world in an interview with People.

Years past those pressures, today the former teen pop star is has now been married for almost four years to actor/artist, Michael Turchin.

The couple recently shared that they are in the early stages of planning a family. He told ET that he and hubby Michael have begun interviewing surrogates.

And looking back, the 39-year-old clearly expresses his gratitude for the ride that was N'SYNC.

“I had one of the best experiences that you could give anyone on this planet. I’m lucky,” he said. “The rest of my life I get to just enjoy with my family and creative family.” 

Babies Galore: Lance Bass & Michael Turchin Are Ready For Parenthood!

Lance Bass and his super cute husband Michael Turchin are ready to take the next step in their relationship: parenthood!

“Just last week, [we] really started the process,” the former NSYNC star told Entertainment Tonight recently. “So we’re excited, and it’s going a lot faster than we ever thought, which is kind of freaking me out.”

The two have gotten very detail oriented about them becoming (actual) daddies.

"I thought we had a good, like, year to really choose things, but it’s happening so fast,” Lance said. “I mean, we’ve met with surrogates, we’re looking at eggs, we now have the person representing us, and contracts are being made, and it’s such a process that we had no idea existed. But it’s also fascinating too. It’s already amazing.”

Turns out parenthood was one of the many reasons why Lance married Michael in the first place. "I mean, the reason I wanted to get married to this guy is I know he’ll be an amazing dad," he also told Entertainment Tonight.

Lance and Michael got married back in December of 2014 which was televised for the world to see. He would be the fourth member from NSYNC to enter the world of parenthood, as Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirpatrick all have kids.  Your move... JC Chasez.