September 18, 2008 01:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Lance Bass has no problem with dancing with a man in public, but he doesn’t think Dancing With The Stars is the right place for it. “I think it would be so silly that it would just overshadow everything else going on,” Bass, the first openly gay contestant on the show, told E! Online. “I think it’s so important for me to do this, but my biggest concern is I just hope it doesn’t hurt the gay community in any way. I definitely feel a responsibility of making sure I represent well.”
Lance is not only out to prove himself to the gay community, but he also wants to show his friends from the boy band ‘N Sync, that he can actually dance. He was constantly ribbed by the other guys that he was the worst dancer of the group and commented to E!Online, “The guys always told me how terrible of a dancer I am so I kind of just wanted to prove to myself that I could learn something crazy.”
Lance also said that his boyfriend, Sebastian Leal wants to learn to dance and benefit fromhis dance lessons, but right now, Lance doesn’t have the time to teach him as he spends most of his time off set sleeping and eating.
Aside from DWTS, Lance hasbeen spending time in the political arena, and is hoping to prevent the November ballot issue, that would prevent same-sex marriage in California. Lance says that he is not usually a political person, but stated that the issue is, “just common sense.”
Lance feels very strongly about it as he has plans to settle down one day and start a family of his own. “I think everyone dreams of that nice romantic wedding,” he says. “And I love kids. I want to adopt and I want to have my own.”
Hewill be competing against volleyball Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor,singer Toni Braxton, TV personality Brooke Burke,soap star Susan Lucci, Olympian Maurice Greene, “Hannah Montana” star Cody Linley, singer Kim Kardashian, actor Ted McGinley, master chef Rocco DiSpirito, comedian Jeffrey Ross, TV vet Cloris Leachman, and NFL champ Warren Sapp!
Dancing with the Stars premieres on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 PM ET on ABC.
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