Three-time U.S. National Figure Skating
champion John G. “Johnny” Weir says he kept quiet about his
sexuality because making it irrelevant is the most powerful statement
he can make as a gay man.
Weir refused to discuss rumors – and
blatant accusations – that he's gay for years. But in his 272-page
tell-all memoir Welcome to my World released in January he
finally talks about his love life.
In an interview posted this week on
YouTube, Weir said his sexuality isn't important.
“I never thought like I lived in a
closet, I just didn't say it in black and white for people that I'm
gay because it's not important,” Weir said. “I think the
strongest thing I can do as a gay man is live completely normally
show that – well, as normal as I can – and show that I'm nothing
to be afraid of. I am nothing special simply because of something I
was born with. I've made myself Johnny Weir. I've made my life very
nice for myself and I've worked hard for it. And I want people to
focus on that, not that I'm gay.” (The video is embedded in the
right panel of this page.)