And every song I hear brings back a lot of great memories. I can remember where I recorded it, how long it took me, what we did the next day. At one point, he came close to being the youngest person in space as a Russian Cosmonaut, undergoing rigorous astronaut training only for the mission to be scrubbed at the last moment.
It was a huge relief for the Mississippi-born Bass, who had stayed deeply entrenched in the closet for years, despite being well aware of his genuine feelings. So, yeah, I knew at such an early age that I was definitely more attracted to boys than girls. Yet, the series has generated controversy even before its launch, when it was revealed that the successful year-old designer and former fashion model worked as an escort during his college years to pay the bills.
Bass is unconcerned about the scandal. People have been very positive about it and are willing to listen. Critics will likely complain that Finding Prince Charming reduces the idea of same-sex romance to physical attraction, but the first episode at least tries to point to a different philosophy: If nothing else, Finding Prince Charming should get people talking about the ups and downs and realities of same-sex dating and romance.
Has dating been difficult for you in the course of your life and career, particularly being so visible in the public eye?
I think dating in particular is hard for the majority of this community. With me, I started dating in my twenties. I missed the teenage fun of hitting puberty and having crushes on boys and asking them out for the first time and going to the dances — just that young, fun puppy love. A lot of us had to miss that, which is unfortunate. I hope that things will be different for this younger generation. As a gay kid, I never knew anyone in my town that was gay.
I used to be the only gay in the village, which felt very lonely. You ask the girl to the dance. You play spin the bottle and your first kiss is with a girl. I see six and seven year olds knowing who they are and being fine with it. And the people around them accept it, their families accept it.
All that is off the table for kids like so they can really focus on becoming who they are. Kudos to any kid that can find themselves at such an early age. On one level, Finding Prince Charming is a reality game show. Apart from the competitive aspects of it, is there a greater purpose to the show? There is a greater purpose: My friend was wrong in his pre-judgment. I got those comments, too. People make up whatever they want to make up.
I wanted this to be a little real and diverse. It would be boring if it was all the same type of person. I was really excited when I saw all that. I knew that they had made a conscious effort to make sure that there was a lot of the flavors of the rainbow there. Just use common sense to know that if someone is changed and a good person. You just have to look at them for who they are today.
So, I have no idea what comes out in the show but yes, I have heard that one is HIV positive, which I think is a great thing.
This way we can really have a great dialogue about it and hear what the other suitors have to say and feel about it. Hopefully it will educate a lot of people watching. It can cut both ways. It could be a very dangerous storyline for Logo.
Everything about this show is very dangerous for Logo and for the community, because all eyes are on this show. I think half the people want it to fail for their own reasons and the other half want it to be there to educate people.
When you put all these different personalities in a house, the good, bad, and ugly come out. Why do you think people would want this to fail? I would say right wing people would want it to fail because they think that seeing this on television brainwashes children. Everyone has their own reasons for not wanting to support another gay person. I hear it all the time because I work in television. One of the tackiest things for me to hear is people complaining about how reality is destroying the world.
How do you respond to the controversy surrounding that? Everyone has a past. You have to judge a person by who they are now. Everyone has gone through their shit. People have been lost in their lives. I was lucky to have an amazing family. I had food on my table. I was a lucky guy being raised. I think you can just use common sense to know that if someone is changed and a good person. When you were dating your husband, how did you know he was right for you?
The moment I knew that I wanted to be with him the rest of my life was we were in Mexico. It was one of our first vacations together. When you travel, it tells you if you can be with someone the rest of your life.
We had these onesies that we put on. I knew then that this was the guy I wanted to marry — if he could stay in a onesie with me for three days and do nothing. That almost sounds fetishy. Are you a romantic person? I am a romantic person. I love doing special things for my significant other.
I totally believe in love. I put my heart on my sleeve, for sure. How did it feel to get married? Incredible, because I never thought I would ever be able to get married, at least legally. I always wanted to be able to marry someone and have a family. Has anything changed in your relationship since? Nothing really changed too much after that moment, but the world definitely changed around us. Everyone treated us differently. It was more of a respect. People know that it is a commitment.
I want them to know that this is my man and we are committed to each other. Have you talked about what the future holds for you both? Oh, yes, for sure. His empathy is just off the charts, his heart is so huge. All the girls would hate me and then that would just destroy our group.
Were you out to anybody when you joined the band? Yeah, I knew my whole life that I was gay, but it was something that I would never act on or tell anyone, because it was, in my mind, wrong. The only thing I knew was my church and my family and about nothing else. Most of us live a part of our lives in the closet. It got more stressful as we went along. I thought that we were just going to be an a capella band working at Disney World in Orlando.
Thank goodness we were so busy that we had a lot of excuses not to date people, but when we did have that week off or two, all the other guys had girlfriends. How much of a relief was it to finally come out? The whole world felt like it was shoved off my shoulders. It was very scary, because at that time it could have gone either way. It could have been a really positive experience or a really negative experience. I was just lucky that it was the time in history everyone took the high road and made it positive.
It just made me feel great about myself. On top of that, I made incredible new friends. It changes everything about you professionally and personally. How were the guys with it?