Today, Jan. 9, his mother, Diane Bass shared her thoughts, reactions, and the ‘miracle’ she has since experienced as a self-described “staunch Christian” in a Huffington Post article.
In the article, Diane describes how she never turned her back on Lance. She admits she prayed God would save him from his sexuality. This was not because she felt it was “wrong” or “unnatural” but because so many in the Christian community and a great portion society condemn the gay community.
After years of inner turmoil and prayer for a “miracle”, Diane received the answers she was looking for.
She shares: “Well, Lance is still gay. However, I did get a miracle. It is just not the miracle I prayed for. You are looking at the miracle tonight. The miracle is that I learned to have unconditional love and compassion for my son and others in the gay community.”
She adds: My favorite scripture has always been, "God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1) I truly have found refuge in my Lord but I have to sadly tell you that I have not found refuge in my church. And neither has Lance and so many other Christians like him who want to be loved and accepted in a world that can be very cruel and hateful."
She continues: “I still attend church but admittedly with a heavy heart and with much anxiety. If I feel that way as the mother of a gay child, can you imagine the anxiety that a gay person sitting in my church feels? Once again, there is just something wrong with that.”
As a celebrity mother to gay son Lance Bass, Diane Bass decided to use her voice. In her open letter, she addresses many issues, most importantly the unnecessary bias and stigmatization the gay and lesbian community faces on a daily basis from religious and political figures alike.
When he first realized he was gay, Lance confessed he tried very hard to "pray the gay away". As his mother noticed, this was not possible. His sexuality is a part of him. It does not define him. Nor does it define anyone.
While this is Diane’s first time speaking on the matter, her voice resonates a message of hope for the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. One that carries a heavy message of the yearning for religious and spiritual acceptance.
What are your reactions to the message written by Lance Bass’ mom, Diane Bass?
Source: Huffington Post