Proudly out former boy band star Lance Bass speaks out against gay discrimination in a new public service announcement (PSA) for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network released this week.

The former N’Sync star, who came publicly in 2006, recorded the spot to promote the National Day of Silence on April 25th, during which students across America will take a vow of silence in protest at bullying, harassment and discrimination of LGBT teens in schools.

“I think it’s time for me to stand up… and help educate, because I’m lucky enough to have been given a voice to be able to talk and grab the attention of people,” Bass said about his PSA.

Bass told the Associated Press that he was moved to make the PSA in honour of Lawrence King, the 15-year-old California student who was shot and killed by another student in February, when King arrived to school dressed in what the killer deemed “feminine” clothing.

“I heard about Lawrence on the news, and it was just incredible to me that kids that age that would have such an issue… with the subject of being gay,” Bass said.