Monday, April 2, 2012

Knight of a Thousand Photos

Johnny Weir. Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Johnny on stage at the Imperial Court of New York's 
"Night of a Thousand Gowns" Saturday evening 
during his knighting ceremony. 
Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber
Please click twice for larger view, 
or click here for full-size version.



And so now he is Sir Johnny G. Weir-Voronov, Knight of the Imperial Court of New York.

And beloved Lord of Sparkleton Abbey.

(OK, we made that last part up. Well, my dear friend Jenn Kittler did, and I love it.)

At the outrageously fabulous Night of a Thousand Gowns, the annual fundraising gala of the Imperial Court of New York, Johnny was knighted as the recipient of the International José Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award for his contributions to the advancement of the LGBT community. And while the over-the-top event of towering tiaras, gargantuan gowns, and dragalicious divas is quite possibly more fun than should be allowed in a single evening and still be legal, its purpose is serious fundraising for outreach efforts to LGBT people in need. This year's beneficiaries were PFLAG-NYC and New Alternatives, a nonprofit group that serves homeless LGBT youth.

The moment captured above, in the midst of the frolicking hilarity that is NOATG, seems to quietly hint at the underlying sober reality of the LGBT community's long-running battle for acceptance, equality, and, quite simply, the rights that all citizens should have, without question, in this country. In every country.

In recent months Johnny seems to have more fully shouldered the role-model / activist mantle--the not-always-welcome bonus that comes with his celebrity--and has even spoken up about politics, something he's usually shied away from. From a recent ABC News report (for which I would kill to have video):

Elsewhere on the GLAAD red carpet, as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum swept the Louisiana Republican primary, three-time national figure skating champion Johnny Weir – who often wears stilettos when he’s off the ice — declared he’d like to “kick him in the balls.”

“I’m sad that my state ever put him in a position of power,” the Coatesville, Pa. native said. “Anyone that compares me and my lifestyle to bestiality, it hurts my feelings.” (And potentially their nether regions.)

While Johnny's already earned his award and his knighthood simply by living his life in a bold and fearless way that offers hope to every young LGBT person out there (and to some of us old straight people too), if he ever does actually kick Santorum in the balls, I think he should immediately be named President, World Ruler, Jedi Master, Magical Monarch of Most Everything, Glamperor of the Galaxy--and also Pope. Cuz Santorum is Catholic. Wouldn't that be a kick in the balls?

And whilst we contemplate the mouthwateringly delicious irony of Pope Sir Johnny the First, the Catholic-raised husband of a Jewish man (if Santorum should ever read that sentence, I think his head might explode), let us also feast on the eye-popping glitztacular that is Night of a Thousand Gowns through this brief selection of absolutely amazing picspam, beginning with the red carpet.

As always, please click any photo twice for larger view. Super hi-res versions are available for some photos.



Photo via Cozy Cot. 
More in their gallery.








Johnny with celebrity stylist Lauren Rae Levy.
Lauren tweeted earlier in the day: 
"Bridal Shower was fab, now back to NYC. 
Time to do final pulls and finishing touches for Mr. Weir. 
#Styling for #NOATG."


With recording artist Lori Michaels.
More red carpet photos 
at Broadway World's gallery.


With Gary Cosgrove, aka Emperor X Gabriel della Notte, 
fabulous president of the Imperial Court of New York 
and a really wonderful guy. 
Photo tweeted by @ImperialCourtNY.


Johnny and Victor. 
Photo © Joe My God, 
who did a great write-up of the evening on his blog. 
See his photo gallery here.


Photo © Joe My God.


Photo © Jason Russo / Hey Mr. Jason Photography.


With Tym Moss, entertainer and host of 
"Artists Exposed" on Talk Radio X. 
Tym posted this photo on Facebook with the caption: 
"With Olympic Skater and TV personality..... JOHNNY WEIR!!" 
I totally understand that level of enthusiasm.


Johnny with Lauren Rae Levy, Lori Michaels, 
Victor, Eric Alt, and recording artist Kelly King
(IDK the name of the gentleman on the far left.) 
Photo courtesy of Lori Michaels.


One of the auction items up for bid 
was a print of Peter Jurik's portrait of Johnny 
titled "Showtime!" 
and autographed by Johnny.
Photo courtesy of Anthony Bandit-Rubio.


Johnny Weir. Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Just so you can get a taste of the incredible spectacle 
that is Night of a Thousand Gowns: 
Johnny's not in this photo, but WOW. 
At center are the outgoing Empress VVX Pepperica Swirl 
and Emperor XX Vanity Society, whose reign ended Saturday 
as the new Emperor XXI Ritz Kracker 
and Empress XXVI Witti Repartee were crowned. 
Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber.
Super hi-res here.


Johnny Weir. Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Empress Nicole the Great
Queen Mother of the Americas, 
introduces honorees Mike Ruiz and Johnny.
Super hi-res here.


Johnny Weir. Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Celebrity and fashion photographer Mike Ruiz
Imperial Diamond Award recipient, 
joins Johnny on stage.
Super hi-res here.


Johnny Weir. Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Super hi-res here.


Johnny Weir. Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Johnny receives his 
International José Julio Sarria 
Civil Rights Award plaque.
Super hi-res here.


Johnny Weir. Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Super hi-res here.


Johnny Weir. Photo © Ines Dahne-Steuber @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
And here he is: Sir Johnny!
Super hi-res here.


Super hi-res here.


Super hi-res here.


One more look at the Imperial Court: 
No Johnny, but an astonishing amount 
of dazzle and glitter even so! 
Photo courtesy of Gary Cosgrove 
and © Jason Russo /  Hey Mr. Jason Photography.
Super hi-res here.



Johnny Weir. Photo © Elizabeth T. Lara @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Bonus pics!! Exclusive photos courtesy 
of Elizabeth Larawho was lucky enough 
to actually BE. THERE. 
Thank you, Elizabeth!
Super hi-res here.


Johnny Weir. Photo © Elizabeth T. Lara @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Photo © Elizabeth Lara.
Super hi-res here.

See more wonderful photos from the evening 
on Facebook in Anthony Bandit-Rubio's album
and on Johnny's fan page!



I love this tweet.



Very special thanks
to Ines Dahne-Steuber 
for sharing her photos here, 
and to Elizabeth T. Lara 
for the exclusive pics!



Why yes he is!! 
Landing quads and kicking ass!
Read his comeback statement 
on his website!



It's not too late! Subscribe now 
and get the entire Johnny Weir perspective, 
including his never-before-heard free skate commentary 
available exclusively on icenetwork.com!



Q and A! Go read it now!




Johnny's Glitter and Ice collection 
with MAC is pretty much sold out, 
but I'm leaving this video on here 
for a little while longer 
because I love it so much. 



Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on eDressMe.com!



At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!



Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"

IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT NEEDS AIR.
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!



Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!


copyright 2012 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

2 comments:

jenn said...

NOATG's Facebook said Thomas Roberts was covering the affair for MSNBC. I need to know: DID THAT HAPPEN?!

aaaack said...

The glitterati holding royal court and looking amazing. And Johnny with his own unique hybrid style holding his own and always mesmerizing and bewitching all cameras within line of sight. And Victor with his low-key, classy yet distinctive color accents always looking dapper.