Why does Johnny Weir deserve the HRC Visibility Award?
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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is recognizing Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir with its Visibility Award. But, as far as I can tell, Johnny Weir is not openly gay or bisexual. I’m not taking anything away from Weir, but this seems like a bizarre choice for such an award.
I find it respectable that Weir rejects labels and doesn’t want to be put in a box, but does that really qualify him to be recognized for an LGBT organization’s Visibility Award? What has Johnny Weir said or done that makes him worthy of recognition for “outstanding visibility”?
Weir has said, “I don’t feel the need to express my sexual being because it’s not part of my sport and it’s private. I can sleep with whomever I choose and it doesn’t affect what I’m doing on the ice.”
On the other hand, he’s also said, “I would marry a woman. I very well could. People laugh at me, but why is that so funny? I love women.”
Assuming he is indeed gay, if he doesn’t want to come out for whatever reason, that’s fine — I’m not judging him. But why is being given this award?
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About the author: Tyler DeVere is a former editorial intern for QNotes.