Former member of ‘N Sync and out activist Lance Bass is shattering another barrier this week for LGBT people: He will become the first gay celebrity to get married on cable television.
His wedding to husband Michael Turchin is set to air Thursday at 8 p.m. on E! in Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding.
“I think people watching this on TV will see how normal and how like any other straight couple we are,” Michael says in a recent interview with Yahoo! Style.
“What I’ve learned from being out is that it’s all about visibility," Lance says. "I come from Mississippi and I know you don’t change people's minds until they get to know you and they get to witness what a gay person is like."
The couple met at a Palm Springs bash four years ago. Michael reached out to Lance and they became platonic friends for a month before one of them — they can't remember who — made the first move. Bass would later propose in New Orleans, and a year later in South Africa. The original plan was to wed in summer 2014, but after learning they could capture it all in an E! special, which would pay for the affair, they pushed the L.A. wedding to December.
“I think people watching this on TV will see how normal and how like any other straight couple we are,” Michael says.
Read more for (spoiler alert!) who’s wearing white at the wedding, who performs for the couple’s first dance, and the story behind the 100 couples Lance and Michael will marry at a mass wedding Thursday for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.