Friday, January 7, 2011

Gay Panic, Even in Ice Skating

Johnny Weir has a memoir coming out.  He is proudly gay, and he will be apparently talking about his identity.  Good for him.
What makes me sad about this story is how Weir has been demonized by his own field: ice skating.  His own colleagues don't want him to be out because that means that people will see the sport as "gay."  This is a great example of how inherently limiting gay panic is.  People are so afriad of homosexuality that even if they are not gay, they feel the need to force their assoicates into silence about their sexuality. 
So go Johnny Weir for being brave enough to love who he is, even if it parts of it conforms to stereotypes.  The more people openly out the less people will be afraid to join them.

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