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Olympian Johnny Weir named grand marshal of Los Angeles gay pride

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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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8 more reader comments:

  1. WOOT! :D

    Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 9:43pm
  2. my birthday is the 12th.. yay !! i get to go to LAPRIDE YAY! :D

    Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 9:44pm
  3. fuck him. he wears fur and was sooo afraid to come out to all of us, even though we already new… sheesh.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 9:45pm
  4. LoveloveLOVE Johnny! :D

    Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 9:54pm
  5. He annoys me so much… I gag every time I see his commercials on LOGO. I’m not totally sure why, but he really irritates me.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:21pm
  6. @Tara, it must suck to be you

    Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:26pm
  7. He kind of annoys me too lol…I think it’s the whole narcissism thing. :)

    Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 1:15am
  8. He’s a fur whore and should never have been selected.

    Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 12:36pm