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Olympian Johnny Weir named grand marshal of Los Angeles gay pride

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Johnny Weir

U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir has been named grand marshal of the 2011 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade.

The openly gay three-time U.S. figure skating champion and star of “Be Good Johnny Weir” has been an advocate for gay rights and will oversee the June 12 parade as it travels along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

“Johnny lives a life with a defined purpose, is dedicated to helping young people and is not afraid to be himself, sometimes not always an easy thing for a world-class athlete,” said Christopher Street West board president Rodney Scott.

Weir came out as gay earlier this year in advance of his autobiography, “Welcome to My World.”

At the time, Weir said, “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?”

The annual Los Angeles Pride Parade draws more than 400,000 people to West Hollywood for a weekend of events celebrating the LGBT community.

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