January 8, 2011 | by Staff reports
Figure skater Weir comes out

U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir came out of the closet as gay Thursday confirming long-running speculation about his sexual orientation.

The 26-year-old had previously declined to discuss the matter but finally addresses it in a new memoir, “Welcome to My World,” which People magazine is excerpting in its Jan. 17 edition. The book drops Tuesday.

“I’m not ashamed to be me,” Weir writes. “more than anyone else I know, I love my life and accept myself. What’s wrong with being unique? I am proud of everything that I am and will become.”

Weir says he realized he was gay at age 6 when he wanted to kiss Richard Gere after seeing “Pretty Woman.”

Weir is a three-time U.S. national figure skating champion. He also has a 2008 bronze medal from the World Championships. He has never medaled at the Olympics but many observers say he should have placed higher at last year’s Olympics — he finished sixth.

Weir, a graceful, fluid skater, is known for his over-the-top costumes and theatrical choreography.

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  • I’m glad that Johnny Weir has finally come out — but to tell you the truth, Weir’s personality is such that he really didn’t have to. Only a dimwit could fail to see that Weir was gay. The door to Weir’s closet was as transparent as glass.

    Once in a great while, there comes a celebrity who so flamboyant that for he or she to come out would be an afterthought, confirming what most people already knew. Johnny Weir is one such celebrity.

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