Reichen Lehmkuhl (born December 26, 1973 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) is a gay former reality show winner, male model, and actor. He is arguably best known for winning season four of the reality game show The Amazing Race, and for his relationship with 'N Sync member Lance Bass.
After Lehmkuhl's parents divorced when he was five, his family moved to Norton, Massachusetts, and his mother remarried. He later changed his first name legally from Richard to Reichen. At age 16, he received his nomination from United States Congressman Barney Frank for admission to the United States Air Force Academy. After graduating in 1996, he served five years and attained the rank of Captain before his honorable discharge. He has since advocated for gay rights in the military as a spokesperson for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
The Amazing Race
Lehmkuhl was working simultaneously as a Physics teacher at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences, flight instructor and model in Los Angeles when he was approached by a casting director for The Amazing Race. Lehmkuhl and Arndt were a happy couple during the competition but have since split. Lehmkuhl moved to Dallas, Texas briefly after his win on The Amazing Race but before all episodes had been broadcast. Reichen's spending habits at that time caused speculation that he had won The Amazing Race — and that he and Arndt had broken up. During the show, the couple was typically described as "Married" in the subtitles that are used to illustrate the relationship between team members (other teams being, for example, "Best Friends" or "Father-Daughter").
Reichen was asked to submit designs for a jewelry line called Flying Naked. Items from the collection are being sold from Love and Pride.com. A percentage of each sale will be going toward the Servicemember's Legal Defense Network.
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