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Here's What We'll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force Hardcover – September 26, 2006
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I think this book is funny, informative and detailed as well, at least to me and makes me see what entertainers and other international figures go through.
Once again, great book!!!
What Lehmkuhl does convey, though, is the sense of claustrophobia he must have felt keeping such a dangerous secret and not being able to live life the way he wanted to. You also get a good sense of what motivated him throughout his life from his traumatic abandonment at such a young age and his need to always prove something to others.
Fans of the Amazing Race will see a whole other side to their favorite contestant and will really empathize with the obstacles he's overcome. But the book could have been edited better (it's rife with typos and continuity issues) and it needed one more chapter to wrap things up neatly. For anyone who doesn't know anything about the military, however, this book not only is a perfect introduction into what goes on at our military academies, but it also shows how a strict set of rules can drive people to extreme measures to circumvent them.
TOGETHER BEFORE THEY EVEN KNEW
Howard took a call from Reichen, a man who won the most recent season of "The Amazing Race" and was also dating former NSYNC star, Lance Bass. After talking about his time on "Race," Reichen reported he used to be in the Air Force, and had some interesting "hazing" stories to tell about the Air Force Academy. Reichen explained how he met Lance by chance, and that he didn't know Lance was gay when they were introduced. Reichen added his relationship with Lance remained professional for a while, but, as they became closer, Lance let him know that he was homosexual. Reichen also said Lance knew he was gay because he'd talked about it on "Race," and went on to note they took their physical relationship slowly, only kissing on their first few dates.
Reichen then said he was proud of Lance because of the way he came out of the closet, and admitted there was a time they needed to keep their relationship private. When Howard asked Reichen if he had any pet names for Lance, all Reichen could think of was "baby," which Artie said he found "disturbing." Reichen also claimed he and Clay Aiken used to talk on the phone, but denied their relationship ever extended beyond friendship, mentioning he didn't even know what Clay's sexual orientation was.
Howard finished the interview by telling Reichen he "seemed like a cool dude," but advised him to "loosen up" if they ever talked again. Reichen responded he'd do just that, and promised Howard that he and Lance would come into the studio together when they were in New York in the future.