Friday, July 26, 2013

"Let the World Shine in Peace"

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

As Russia becomes increasingly more dangerous for LGBT people, including foreign visitors, there is a growing outcry for other nations to boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in protest.

Harvey Fierstein surged to the forefront of this movement with his editorial in the New York Times.

As a two-time Olympian hoping to qualify for his third Winter Games, Johnny offered his own equally passionate argument against a boycott yesterday in his weekly column for the Falls Church News-Press.

His words have already been picked up by HuffPoGLAAD, QueertyTowle Road, Joe My God, Gay Star News, International Business Times, among others. NewNowNext notes, “He raises an incredibly valid point.” His column also hit his hometown area of Lancaster, PA, via The Herald Online.

Johnny adds his voice to others who believe a boycott is not the answer, including Outsports editor Cyd Zeigler, University of Michigan coach Charley Sullivan, and You Can Play Project leader Patrick Burke.

Today’s blog pairs some of Johnny’s quotes with stark black-and-white photos of him doing what he has spent most of his life doing: training, alone, for hours and hours, day in, day out; regardless of fatigue, pain, hunger; ever-persevering, like every other Olympic athlete around the world, all in hopes of achieving that brief, breathtaking moment on the world’s most revered sports stage.

As always, please click any photo twice for full-size image. 

I have dedicated countless hours of my life 
to a sport and to competing in the most prestigious 
and respected event in the world: 
The Olympics.

I watched my family struggle to make ends meet, 
endure personal struggles with raising an Olympian 
and often times forgo their own happiness 
so that I could have a chance at my dreams. 
When I qualified for my first Olympic Games, 
my family sold one of our cars to be sure that my mother, 
father and brother could attend the event 
and see me skate for the world.

There isn’t a police officer or a government that, 
should I qualify, could keep me from 
competing at the Olympics.

People make their own futures, 
and should a government or sponsor steal that future, 
whether it be the Russian government 
or American government, 
it is, as an athlete, 
the death and total demolition 
of a lifetime of work.

I pray that people will believe in the Olympic movement 
no matter where the event is being held, 
because the Olympics are history, 
and they do not represent their host, 
they represent the world entire. 

I beg the gay athletes not to forget their missions 
and fight for a chance 
to dazzle the world.

The Olympics are not a political statement,
they are a place to let the world 
shine in peace.


For additional context on Johnny’s views, please read his column from last week, in which he declares that he wants to go to Sochi and stand “strong for the oppressed community of beautiful people who I can call brothers.” See also his column from November 2012 detailing the frightening experience of his last trip to Russia.

Patrick Burke’s father, Brian (“Big Burkie”), was the general manager of the US Olympic hockey team at the 2010 Olympics, and is director of personnel for the 2014 team. Patrick tweeted this earlier in the week (thanks to @Jikatabi52 on Twitter for pointing me to this):

Exclusive photos © David Ingogly.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

REMINDER: Happy Birthday to the Husbands! Please join us in our month-long fan project: Fans are contributing to the newly established Johnny & Victor Weir-Voronov Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ Youth, administered by the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, throughout the month of July! The DVLF is the nonprofit organization who recently honored Johnny as their 2013 National Hero.

The Facebook fan group, Show Johnny Weir the Love, has also announced that for the month of July only, all proceeds from the Team Weir-Voronov fan store will be donated to the scholarship fund. So please treat yourself to some Team Weir-Voronov goodies and support Johnny and Victor in helping young people achieve their dreams!

You also can leave a happy birthday message for the husbands throughout the month here!

ICYMI in all the Japan excitement: 
Queer Montreal released two videos and an article 
about Johnny last week!
Video link.

Accompanying wonderful article 
on the Tourisme Montreal blog:
“You can see on his face that the joy of skating 
is something found in his DNA...”
Video link.

Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the “National Commentary“ 
section—don’t miss a single one! 

updated calendars, in case you missed out on buying yours 
in January! The new 12-month version runs from 
July 2013 to June 2014, while the 18-month version takes you 
from July 2013 all the way to December 2014.

A number of Johnny’s auction items have been relisted
which means if you missed out the first time around, 
you’re in luck: It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures you could take home!

Patti has posted a message 
on Johnny’s Comeback Gift Fund website, 
with her thoughts on 2013 Nationals 
and what lies ahead for next season. 
Please go read it now!

Please alert absolutely everyone you’ve ever met 
to “like” and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

Landing quads and kicking ass!
Read his comeback statement 
and the update on his website!

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka 
to tell us he wants us to! 

Need to see Seasons 1 and 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime you’re watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

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!”

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 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

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