The New York Times described him as 'camping and queening about like a pathetic court jester, a Goya-esque emotional dwarf'.
He didn't shy away from coming out on television but reveled in the positive feedback he received from the gay community.
Affectionate letters from friends honoring the memory of Lance describe him as loving Warhol, wind chimes, thrift shops, yard sales, Latin men, talking on the phone, cats, riding on his motorcycle and every taco stand in LA.
Special contempt was directed at Lance for his 'flamboyant, leechlike, homosexuality'.
Pat Loud, with the editorial help of Christopher Makos, is about to reissue reissued a collection of photographs, writings and personal papers of her son Lance for the book, Lance Out Loud, published by Glitterati Incorporated in conjunction with the acquisition of the private memorabilia by Yale University.
The Originals: Pat and Bill Loud and their five children ranging from age 14 to 20 -- Lance, Delilah, Grant, Kevin and Michele - were the subjects of the first ever television reality show, An American Family, broadcast on PBS in 1973 Keeping Up: The Kardashians have had their own share of scandals over the years.
He became a penpal of Andy Warhol and flamboyantly embraced his own role as a gay icon.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians was first broadcast in 2007.
A record ten million weekly viewers were riveted watching the Loud family's lives falling apart.
On camera, Pat asked her husband, Bill to move out, and Lance, the oldest son, was the first gay to come out on television.