Lance Bass is speaking out against homophobia. In a one-minute public-service announcement, the singer encourages people to participate in this year’s National Day of Silence, which will honor 15-year old Lawrence King, who died after being shot by a classmate in class – allegedly for being gay.
The 28-year-old former ‘N Syncer – who came out as gay on a 2006 cover of PEOPLE – brings attention to anti-gay name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. “Everyday thousands of students are silenced. They are silenced by fear, they are silenced for being who they are,” Bass says in his spot. “They are silenced by anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender bullying and harassment. On, April 25th their silence will be heard around the country.”