Friday FREAK OUT! Johnny Weir’s Olympic Fashion Win takes him to the Oscars

The 2014 Sochi Olympics have come and gone, and there certainly were some outstanding athletic performances. But Johnny Weir, NBC figure skating commentator and former Olympian, clearly won the gold in fashion.

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His outfits got a ton of media attention, especially on Twitter and Instagram, and his fashion has been named a highlight of the games. Posts like Weir Watch and Johnny’s Outfit Tracker kept the public up to date on a daily basis. You can check out his full collection here.

His fashion and commentary has not ended with the Olympics, though. He and Tara Lipinski, his equally charming co-commentator and fashionista in Sochi, will be hosting the red carpet for the Oscars on Sunday night.

However, not everyone was super thrilled with Johnny’s style…gay CNN Don Lemon said, “No one likes a gay minstrel show.” For clarification, Lemon was referring to “someone who is flamboyant and over the top and all of those it seems those are the people who get the attention but they don’t represent all of gay America.”

Now that Weir is out and about and not going away, this can certainly become a teachable moment. There are so many ways that Johnny’s Olympic experience can be used in a sexuality education setting. Johnny models amazing self confidence and security in self identity, especially in an environment that posed considerable risk. Johnny demonstrates resilience after being criticized by big media outlets and individual Twitter users alike. Johnny also was a human- with challenges in the fur industry and his fishing debacle. All these qualities- confidence, resilience, humanity- are so important to remember when in a relationship, a sexual situation, or even when teaching!

Friday FREAK OUT! A big week for #MarriageEquality

This week has had so many incredible things happen that I can’t limit my post to just one story.

First, on Monday Michael Sam, a strong N.F.L. hopeful, announced that he is gay.

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Dale Hansen, a sportscaster from ABC News 8 in Dallas, TX hits it on the nose with his 2minutes and 15 seconds of commentary about how several officials from the NFL think it would be uncomfortable for someone to be gay in pro football- they wouldn’t be welcome in the locker room.

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This video has gone viral, with nearly 4 millions views on YouTube (and I think at least 5 of my Facebook friends posted it on their walls!) In his video he quotes Audre Lorde, “It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” to which he adds,

I want to beleive there will be a day when we do celebrate [those differences].

AMEN!

Then on Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The ruling states that the government may define marriage and attach benefits to it, but cannot “impose a traditional or faith-based limitation” without a sufficient justification for it.”

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And on the heels of this landmark decision comes another court ruling that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal,” wrote Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Norfolk. “Surely this means all of us.” If the decision holds, then it could have significant repercussions in other states with constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.

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Oh and let’s not forget that on Saturday Attorney General Eric Holder announced sweeping changes in the way that federal government treats same sex couples in the criminal justice system. They will no longer be treated differently in terms of filing bankruptcy, testifying in court, and visiting someone in prison.

So this was a BIG WEEK for EQUALITY (one of my favorite words!). And just in time for Valentines Day and #RespectWeek. Woohoo! Now go eat some chocolate and watch a sappy romance movie.