Johnny Weir shocks the world and comes out

Johnny Weir

In the most shocking coming out since Sean Hayes confirmed he was gay a year ago, U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir came out this week. Weir had never denied being gay. He had just never confirmed it.

Weir has not avoided the LGBT community at all. In October, he was presented with the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award and had also been given a similar award by Equality California.

He has raised money for the Trevor Project and appeared on Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List.

Last year, Weir was on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team for the second time. He and Michelle Kwan are the only two skaters to ever be named Skater of the Year more than once. In 2001, he earned the title World Junior Champion. He was U.S. National Figure Skating Champion three times from 2004 through 2006.

Weir has a new book coming out Jan. 11 called Welcome to My World.

—  David Taffet

Logo announces 3 new gay shows

Johnny Weir

Logo, the LGBT entertainment network from MTV Networks, has announced three new original series for 2011.

Be Good Johnny Weir explores the life of one of America’s most outspoken and colorful sports figures, three-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion and World Medalist Johnny Weir.

Pretty Hurts is a comedic reality series that follows the staff and clients of a high-end Beverly Hills medical office that specializes in “liquid face lifts.”

The third series is Setup Squad, a workplace docu-soap focused on a Manhattan-based matchmaking service that pairs up professional “wing people” with those who are unlucky in love. Setup Squad will follow the hard-working angels who make the dating world a better place, whether you’re gay or straight.

Logo also acquired Nip/Tuck, which started airing on Logo this month and Will & Grace, which will begin running in 2013.

—  David Taffet

Too gay Johnny Weir

Poor Johnny Weir. First he was deemed too gay for the ultra-masculine world of Olympic ice skating. And now, he’s too gay for the Stars on Ice tour.

DailyCaller.com has posted this statement from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:

GLAAD has learned from a source that wishes to remain anonymous that sponsors of the Stars on Ice Tour, which include Smuckers and IMG Entertainment, have refused to allow 3-time US National Champion and 2-time Olympian Johnny Weir to participate because they claim that he is “not family friendly.”

To say that Weir is “not family friendly” would be a clear jab at his perceived sexual orientation.

Guess what I won’t be spending money on tickets for, even though I love to watch ice skating.

—  admin

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir too gay for that super-heterosexual sport of figure skating

Three-time national figure skating champion Johnny Weir is too gay for that super straight sport of figure skating. The other two team members are regularly referred to by their titles. I’m the first write to refer to Weir as “three-time national figure skating champion” since the Olympics have begun.

Rather than three-time champion, NBC reporters regularly refer to him as “flamboyant Johnny Weir” or “over-the-top Johnny Weir.”

Earth to NBC: HE’S FIGURE SKATING. Let’s see you do a triple axle followed by a triple lutz and then we’ll listen to your homophobic slurs.

Current TV did a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek piece about the coverage of the wonderfully talented skater.

—  David Taffet

Early registration underway for DIVA's spring season; Weir makes Olympic team

The Dallas Independent Volleyball Association (DIVA) has begun early registration for the upcoming season. However, you have just four days left to get the discounted membership fee. Download the registration form and get it back to DIVA peeps by Friday, Jan. 22. The discounted rate for early registration is $110. Regular enrollment ends Feb. 5 and that’s $120.

They’ve also posted their New Member clinics. The first two start next week on Tuesday and Thursday both at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Park Rec Center.

Now you know the deal so get those knee pads ready.

In other sports news that doesn’t involve the Cowboys (sigh), the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships were held over the weekend. Jeremy Abbott took his second national title yesterday but three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir pulled in a bronze-medal performance giving him a spot on the men’s team heading to Vancouver. Catch the short program below from Friday night. Or, if you prefer, there’s always his more contemporary skating to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

—  Rich Lopez