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04/19/2007


Gay Olympians Blake Skjellerup and Johnny Weir Speak Out on CNN Against Sochi Boycott: VIDEO

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Speed skater Blake Skjellerup and figure skater Johnny Weir are in agreement that a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Games over Russia's inhumane treatment of gay people is a bad idea and speak out about how the presence of openly gay athletes at the Games may send a more powerful message.

Check out their conversation, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Olympic Skater Johnny Weir On Boycotting The Russian Olympics

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In short, please don't:

To have a boycott would not only negate the career of some athletes who have only one chance at competing at the Games, but also the over-time shifts an exhausted father takes to make ends meet, or the social acclimatization of a brother who can’t go on spring break because his brother needed another costume, or the mother who works part-time at a job far beneath her, just so she can afford to watch her first born perform for the world. The Olympics are not a political statement, they are a place to let the world shine in peace and let them marvel at their youthful talents.
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I respect the LGBT community full heartedly, but I implore the world not to boycott the Olympic Games because of Russia’s stance on LGBT rights or lack thereof. I beg the gay athletes not to forget their missions and fight for a chance to dazzle the world.

As Johnny points out, the only time in the past that the Olympics were boycotted were the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow.


Olympic Committee Says LGBT Olympians Will Not Be Targeted Under Russian Anti-Gay Bill

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) is attempting to quell fears tha the "homosexual propaganda" law recently passed by the Russian State Duma will be used to target LGBT Olympians at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Gay Star News reports:

Weir"Under the new 'homosexual propaganda' law, tourists deemed to be 'promoting homosexuality' could be arrested and deported. Speaking to Gay Star News, an IOC spokesman said they were 'concerned' about the bill becoming law.

'The IOC would like to reiterate our long commitment to non-discrimination against those taking part in the Olympic Games,' they said. 'The IOC is an open organization and atheletes of all orientations will be welcome at the Games.'


Russian 'Spokesperson' Johnny Weir Tells Gay Olympic Athletes to Tone Down the Flamboyance or Suffer the Consequences

Figure skater Johnny Weir is a self-described 'Russophile' so the country's proposed ban on gay "propaganda" (already passed in St. Petersburg) won't stop him from competing in the Sochi Winter Olympics, but he's warning other gay athletes not to do certain things or suffer the consequences, USA Today reports:

WeirIf he makes the Olympic team, Weir doesn't want to make an issue of his sexuality, he said. For him, the Olympics should be about sport and competition. But he does have advice for gay athletes unfamiliar with the culture.

"My advice would be: Watch what you do when you leave the Village, don't be aggressive, don't wear a big rainbow flag fur coat. If you don't call attention to yourself, attention won't come to you."

Then Weir added, in a way only he can, "I'm not going to be having sex in a Metro station. And if you are doing that, then maybe you deserve to be caught."

Added Weir: "I love Russia and there is nothing that will change that. I'm a true patriot and spokesperson for their country. It's appalling they can censor their public, but I try to do everything I can. I have been in talks with different LBGT organizations in Russia with how I can help."

Out speed skater Blake Skjellerup is more hesitant: "I don't want to have to tone myself down about who I am. That wasn't very fun and there's no way I'm going back in the closet. I just want to be myself and I hate to think that being myself would get me in trouble."

St. Petersburg's restrictive law bans and impose fines ($16,000 on individuals and up to $160,000 on legal entities) on all Gay Pride events, LGBT organizations, and anything considered to be "promotion" of homosexuality.

The federal law, if passed, would enact similar penalties.


Johnny Weir Returns to Competitive Skating with Eye on Olympics

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With an eye on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Johnny Weir announced he would be returning to competitive skating, yesterday, ESPN reports:

Weir"I wanted to do this while I still have the time," the three-time U.S. champion said at a news conference in Manhattan. "I didn't want to be 50 years old and look back and say, 'Oh, those last two years before Sochi and I kind of let them go doing other things."

Weir said he will give up drinking and attending movie premieres for serious practice, mostly at a rink in Hackensack, NJ:

He plans to work hard on his quad, the all-important element in men's skating these days. Not only are all the top men doing quads, but world champion Patrick Chan has two in his free skate.

Weir has tried them in competition but struggled to land them cleanly.

"So I can actually be a real threat and not show up as just kind of a face of figure skating," Weir said of perfecting the four-revolution jump. "I want to show up and be competitive and actually have people take this seriously. This isn't a publicity stunt."

(photo by Andrew Werner)


Out Ice Skater Johnny Weir Ties The Knot On New Year's Eve

JohnnyWeirJohnny Weir started his new year off right by marrying his boyfriend this weekend.

"I'm married," the Olympic ice skater tweeted on New Year's Eve after making it official with his boyfriend Victor Voronov, a graduate of Georgetown Law.

Weir, who officially came out last year after years of speculation, met Voronov years ago, but the men reconnected sometime last year.

"We've known for a long time and we reconnected over the summer, and it's just been a whirlwind," Weir said in an interview.

They're now having their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana and will have a larger, more formal wedding later this year.

"Wedding in summer! But all the official stuff is done now! No more livin' in sin!" he wrote. The pair will live in New York City.


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