Johnny Weir—on coming out—despite the LGBT community.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 15, 2011
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Interesting, that a star—pressured to come out publicly and therefore help demonstrate to young people everywhere that it’s okay to be gay—delays said decision because of said pressure.

From Feministing:

Weir … discusses his desire to come out on his own terms – despite pressure from the LGBT community. “A lot of the gays got downright angry about my silence,” he writes. “But pressure is the last thing that would me want to ‘join’ a community. The massive backlash against me in the gay media and community only made me dig my ‘closeted’ heels in further.”

Weir writes that his decision to come out now has to do with the current climate for LGBT youth – specifically, the recent spate of suicides…

…Finally, Weir told the AP, he doesn’t need universal acclaim (though with a documentary, a reality show, a book and a single, he might be aiming for world domination). He just needs self acceptance. “People aren’t always going to get me. I don’t need the world to get me. I get me.” …for the rest, click over to Feministing.

Bonus: Weir’s “first single, a terrible-in-a-wonderful-way song named Dirty Love that I have definitely not had playing on repeat since yesterday. No, sir.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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