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Figure skater Johnny Weir announces he’s gay

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  1. “I’m not ashamed to be me,”

    “More than anyone else I know, I love my life and accept myself. What’s wrong with being unique? I am proud of everything that I am and will become.”

    Well said Johnny, every right minded American should be proud of you too.

    But…..Cue the the right wing American media nut jobs to call Johnny Weir every name under the sun. No doubt the crazy Westborough Baptist church will be harassing you too.

  2. Good for him being proud of himself.

    Also I do enjoy watching him skate. : )

  3. bicoastal yank 7 Jan 2011, 1:59pm

    Johnny is gay? I’M SHOCKED! Ha-ha.

  4. Yet, for whatever reason, he still has fangirls that “squee” when he starts skating. Watching him at the Olympics was kind of amusing because of the silly fangirls in the stands.

  5. The fangirls like him because he’s gay. They think that’s hot.

  6. Hodge Podge 7 Jan 2011, 3:23pm

    He’s a bit of an idiot really if you’ve followed the stuff he’s said about wearing fur. Not a fan

  7. I haven’t been this shocked since the Pope announced he was Catholic and water announced it’s wet!

    Maybe Johnny can campaign for the right of gay men to marry women. Oh wait…

    The boy is a self-absorbed, egotistical douchebag of the most extreme variety.

  8. Sure Johnny, come out now when your trying to drum up book sales.If he was so interested in helping people with his story, why didn’t he simply come when he wasn’t selling something?

  9. Like Ricky Martin’s announcement, Weir’s will no doubt be met with choruses of ennui, apathy, and/or derision.
    As with Martin, the decision when and/or if to “come out” is a deeply personal one.
    And if the fact that Weir is “selling a book” gains more attention to helping those with “less supportive families,” then all the better.
    I wish Johnny Weir and Gareth Thomas both continued success. It ain’t easy being an “out” athlete.

  10. Love you Johnny…more, more, more… :-)

  11. Uhm…
    This is the first time I’ve ever seen Weir…and him being gay truly wasn’t a shock if you google him and look at some pics.
    Still good for him.

  12. Damn this manipulative, materialistic, PR-seeking humbug! This is an obvious attempt to sell his “book”. He should have come out much earlier and used his profile to further the cause of gay rights. Hope he breaks his leg.

  13. Golly, and the sky turns blue sometimes. Next

  14. “He should have come out much earlier and used his profile to further the cause of gay rights.”

    He came out publicly when he felt it was right for him, just like most of us do. Its also worth pointing out he never denied his sexuality, he just said its a private matter. He has never set himself up as a gay rights campaigner, expecting him to be one just because he has a public profile is a ridiculous expectation.

    After the media speculation about his sexuality I can understand why he chose to come out in his book not the media.

  15. Phoenix0879 8 Jan 2011, 1:34am

    I agree with Helen completely – after the way the media treated him, who can blame him for essentially giving them the finger? They treated him like a piece of meat and when he wouldn’t do what they wanted (come out) they just chewed him up even more.

    And if he never denied it, I don’t see the issue about when he chooses to let others know.

  16. David Myers 8 Jan 2011, 9:17am

    I say good for him. Better late than never. And I have no use for the self-homophobic hypocricy of those who would belittle him for what he didn’t do, then belittle him again when he does what they want. I believe he is more motivated by the efforts of people like Dan Savage and many others with their “It gets better” campaigns to help gay youth cope, than because of his book campaign. He is already being rejected and harrassed because “He is not family friendly” according to Stars On Ice, because they preceive that he is gay, so he might as well go whole hog and come out now, anyway. Everyone decides in their own time and according to their own circumstances, but nonetheless he still came out no matter whether it was belatedly, according to other people’s criterian. I say good for you and more power to you Johnny.

  17. Speaking of power, I have seen him being interviewed and Johnny Weir comes across as a gentle but so powerful personality…

    and incidentally, I’d give an arm and a leg to spend 20 minutes with this guy… ouch..

  18. PumpkinPie 9 Jan 2011, 12:27am

    Johnny Weir’s awesome no matter his sexuality. But seeing as he is gay, it’s nice that LGBT kids have another good role model.

    Nathaniel:-
    […]google him and look at some pics.

    Done. <3

  19. What’s with all the hate? I mean, I had assumed it was common knowledge – I’m not sure whether I heard it or whether that was just from watching him skate – but it’s up to him when he’s open about it. Seriously, guys, we have “role models”, not everyone has to come out when they first appear in the public eye.

    And he is a beautiful skater, you can’t deny that.

  20. What a surpise!

  21. Seroius sports fan ! 10 Jan 2011, 6:36pm

    Johnny Weir is an American hero—three times American Figure skating champion ! Does anyone remember that ??? He is not only gay, but a totally accomplished person. Living life the best way he knows how….

  22. Serious sports fan. 10 Jan 2011, 6:43pm

    Johnny Weir is an American hero- does anyone remember that he is a three-time Americam figure-skating champion ??? He is simply living his life as best as he can like the rest of us !!! Give him a break********

  23. …anyone looking for examples of homophobia in the media would have a field day on the threads of PinkNews…where gays believe they are carriers of hope and light by attributing the most negative motives to suceesful gays who have worked tirelessly all thier lives to acheive something…

  24. Yay Helen! Yay Jonpol! Love that Mr. Weir has lived his own life in spite of so much pressure from media and gay peers to live their agendas. What better role model than someone listening to their own drummer and doing the dance it inspires.

  25. TheSuburbanBi 11 Jan 2011, 7:23pm

    @ Helen: “He came out publicly when he felt it was right for him, just like most of us do. Its also worth pointing out he never denied his sexuality, he just said its a private matter. He has never set himself up as a gay rights campaigner, expecting him to be one just because he has a public profile is a ridiculous expectation.”

    Well put and worth repeating.

  26. jijijijijijij 13 Jan 2011, 2:02am

    REALLY? SHOCKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT that I am believe in profiling. BUT REALLY? If you did not know that then you are clueless. Its funny when people say this and so many people are “shocked”. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS OBVIOUS FOLKS!

  27. Cute forgives all, haha. I’m glad he’s officially out now; and how can anyone bear a grudge with such beauty? Ha-ha!

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