NEW YORK (October 25, 2006) — Lance Bass’ boyfriend, Reichen Lehmkuhl, says he and the former `N Sync star have been dealing with threats ignited by his new memoir about the trials of being gay while serving in the military.
“We have to be very protective,” Lehmkuhl told reporters.
“I am not going to hide,” says the former Air Force captain and winner of season four of CBS’ “Amazing Race.” “There are threats that come in from people who do not want me to be so public and expose what is going on in the military.”
Lehmkuhl, 32, says that he and Bass, who revealed he is gay in July, forward the threats to private security personnel who send what they consider the more serious ones to the FBI.
“Everything is being covered so we feel safe,” he said.
Lehmkuhl’s book, “Here’s What We’ll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force Academy,” recounts his time keeping his sexual orientation a secret from Air Force colleagues.
“There was definitely an institutionalized acceptance of people being homophobic and telling gay jokes and making homophobic remarks — really, really mean homophobic remarks to the point of, ‘Kill gay people,”’ Lehmkuhl, who was honorably discharged from the Air Force five years ago, told ABC News earlier this week.
He became a target when people began to suspect his sexuality, he says. One night, he told ABC News, a bag was pulled over his head and he was sexually assaulted. He didn’t report the incident.