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Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir: I don’t celebrate being gay

Monday, January 10, 2011
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“I was born a white male, a white gay male, and I don’t celebrate being white or male, so why should I celebrate being gay?”

U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir confirmed to the world that he’s a gay man in his just-released autobiography, “Welcome to My World.”

“I know people who have been activists for years and have worked so hard and tirelessly, and they have definitely wanted me to be an activist,” said Weir, appearing on NBC’s “Today Show.” “But I think the best way I can be an activist is to live my life, and not make that the main thing that is Johnny Weir. I’m much more than just a gay man.”

Watch the “Today Show” interview here:

In his memoir, Weir focuses more on his professional skating career versus growing up gay.

“I’m not ashamed to be me,” he wrote in the book. “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.”

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