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Lance Bass Says He Gave Jason Collins Coming Out Advice

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Jason Collins of The Washington Wizards thought hard before he came out, and even reached out to Lance Bass for advice.

"He's been trying to plan this for a very long time, contemplating if he wanted to do this," Bass said. "In fact, he said he was going to call me months ago but was too scared, because he wanted to tell me."

They connected through a mutual friend, JoAnna Garcia Swisher. 

Bass told him to sit down with GLAAD and a few other organizations to make sure he made the best of it.

"I gave him some very good advice today, because of course everybody wants to interview him…and he was figuring out who would get that first sit-down," Lance said. "He calls, and I was like, 'So how is your day going?' And he was like, 'Well, I just got off the phone with two presidents and Oprah, so pretty good.'"

"I told him, look - this is what I wish would have happened when I came out…because when I came out, I had 24 hours to decide what was going to happen. But what I wish I could have done back then was have a couple of days to sit down with HRC, sit down with GLAAD…because back then…like Jason told me today, 'I don't really know many gay people, because all my life has been is sports, I've had such a crazy schedule I never had to think about my private life.'"

So Lance gave him some "really great connections" and sent him some information so he "doesn't put his foot in his mouth."

Sources: ICYDK