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Old 6th Jan 2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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Default Johnny Weir No Longer Skating Around the Gay Thing

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Johnny Weir has a memoir coming out soon called Welcome to My World and savvy marketing chap that he is, he's promoting it by leaking/selling excerpts to People magazine. The big news (or non-news) is that Weir finally, explicitly comes out as gay: "With people killing themselves and being scared into the closet, I hope that even just one person can gain strength from my story."

In the People article, Weir talks about his childhood when he was often mistaken for a little girl. Also, his often being called a "homo" or "faggot" by middle school students. He also mentions a clandestine affair he had with another male skater he refers to only as "Alex...

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Old 6th Jan 2011, 01:09 PM   #2
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If you're going to reveal your already-obvious sexuality as a publicity hook, that's fine, but don't pretend you're some sort of courageous lifesaver when for years you contributed to the stigma that being gay was something shameful to acknowledge.
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Old 6th Jan 2011, 01:51 PM   #3
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how did he do that? Everything i saw from him seemed so eccentric and out that the words "im gay" never really needed to come out of his mouth xD
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Old 6th Jan 2011, 02:45 PM   #4
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If you're going to reveal your already-obvious sexuality as a publicity hook, that's fine, but don't pretend you're some sort of courageous lifesaver when for years you contributed to the stigma that being gay was something shameful to acknowledge.
expecailly since it is all a huge act. when he doesnt have a camara on him, he is nowhere near effemenante.

it was always a act to get attention. he was at a bar in portland after a exposition of skaters, and he was so butch it was hard to believe it was him, according to my firend, who I have never known to lie. other people who have been around him in more cloistered, less public places have said basically the same thing.

not saying he isent gay, but what you see of him in public is playing to stereotypes for attention.
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