Johnny to be honored with Human Rights Award

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  1. judiz

    judiz Well-Known Member

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    The Human Rights Campaign is honoring Johnny Weir with its Visibility Award at the 11th Annual Seattle HRC "AsOne" Gala Dinner on Saturday, September 25, 2010,

    http://www.hrcseattle.org/dinner click on guests and awards on right side of site for more info.
  2. aftershocks

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    Kudos to Johnny! Thanks for the link, judiz.
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    Mazel tov!!!
  5. milanessa

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    Well HRC just lost my membership renewal.
  6. nubka

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    Ooooh, I can't wait to see what kind of an outfit he puts together for this...:watch:
  7. manleywoman

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    It will be fur.
  8. LadyNit

    LadyNit moving right along Staff Member

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    Does he get an appearance fee for doing gigs like this one?
  9. Helenista

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    Good for him!
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  11. overedge

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    Huh?

    Well, he certainly is visible, I'll give him that....
  12. shine

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    So what has Johnny done? :confused:
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  13. tangerine_dream

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    This is so backwards.

    Johnny has spent his entire time in the limelight NOT coming out of the closet. Yes, I think sexual orientation is private and that no one should "announce" pointless stuff like this, but if you are going to give someone a human rights award for being gay (what else could they give it to him for?) then you could at least pick someone who is officially out and who isn't waiting to be out of the spotlight to come out.
  14. CantALoop

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    Love Johnny, but I agree. Shouldn't they be rewarding actual activists rather than be kissing asses of celebrities?
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    I´m not quite sure, but got the impression that he actually came out in a magazine interview during the summer? There was some controversial skating stuff in that interview and skating fans just seemed to concentrate on discussing those and not his coming out of the closet....
  16. Polymer Bob

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    It seems like Johnny has put in considerable effort in those AIDS fundraisers.
    Does that count?
  17. Ninchen

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    Congrats Johnny! :)
  18. Satellitegirl

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    I think there are plenty of celebrities who are activists...but I don't consider Johnny one of them. Hopefully he doesn't wear fur :p
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    I think the HRC sometimes give out awards to high-profiled people that they know will bring more publicity to the organizating itself and not necessarily because the recipients deserved it. I remember a few years back when the HRC in D.C. gave the award to Lance Bass and his then boyfriend Reichen (from Amazing Race), and many people just went "Huh?"
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    :(

    Really sad that the true activists don't get recognition. It goes to the Pop cultrure fame whores. :rolleyes: :huh:
    orientalplane, Rex, pixie cut and 3 others like this.
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    Who do you have in mind that should be getting an HRC award but got slighted? If you have someone particular in mind, may be you can contact HRC and voice your opinion?
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    Off topic, but I miss Johnny's performance.
  23. Jackie Sparrow

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    The people who decide who gets the award must all be straight. :p
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    The only thing I can really think of that Johnny has done has been stand up for gender identity diversity awareness and being against bullying. I think that's important, especially considering he's a pop icon, I just don't care for him. A human rights award seems to be a stretch.
  25. Kasey

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    Exactly what I was going to say, except I do like Johnny. I just don't think he's really done anything noteworthy as a "Human rights activist". But, hey, whatever. It's publicity for him, and skating by association. And positive publicity at that, I guess.
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    congrats johnny
  27. OliviaPug

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    I like Johnny, but I don't get why he was awarded this honor.

    Congrats anyway. I'm sure he'll make the best of it.

    O-
  28. LadyGray

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    I bet he's getting recognized for his high-profile press conference in Vancouver during the Olympics. He was so eloquent and gracious in the face of terrible behavior by some insensitive commentators. I love him and think he deserves this award just for those very public, well-articulated comments.
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    http://www.atlantahrcdinner.org/visibility_award.aspx

    Isn't Johnny planning on officially speaking about his sexuality in his upcoming book?

    Yes, along with his candidness and openness about his individuality, which he shows and encourages others to be themselves on "Be Good Johnny Weir." He supports the Elton John Aids Foundation, Elie Weisel Foundation for Humanity, UNICEF, Cool Kids and Heatherette Human Rights Campaign.

    http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/2078-johnny-weir

    Anyway, congratulations, Johnny! :cheer2:
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  30. REO

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    Because pop culture people cannot possibly be involved in human rights activism? That damn Elton and Michael Jackson. Such selfish pop icons. :rolleyes:
    Reference musesk8r's post and LadyGray's. The honor is not undeserved. I'm not sure what people want him to be as far as activism goes. He's not wealthy and he's only 26 years old. He does what he can when he sees a need or is asked for help and it's more than alot of people in his position give. Congratulations Johnny! You're a good guy and you deserve this accolade. :cool:
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    How did I know which direction this thread would take?;) Some people are so predictable.:watch:

    For some balance, here's another things Johnny did that makes him a worthy recipient:
    http://www.slate.com/id/2261929/
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    Are you including yourself in that group?
  33. Lilac

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    Congrats Johnny!
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    Especially his response to the two clowns from the French-language RDS.
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    I had no idea Sheryl Swoopes was gay, so I guess their definition of "open and honest" doesn't include shouting from the rooftops.

    Johnny's always been unrepentently flamboyant, so to me, that's almost more difficult than being "openly gay."
  36. dots

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    OMG ! Are you sure? :wideeyes: Next thing you know Perez Hilton will get one too :slinkaway
  37. attyfan

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    Well, he is getting something called the "Visibility Award" -- which sounds like it is for something highly publicized.
  38. Japanfan

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    The connection between 'visibility' and 'human rights' is a tenuous one IMO.

    It would seem that the candidate's visibility would have to promote human rights. Johnny's RDS comments certainly did address the issue of sexual orientation as a human right, but I would guess that there are activists out there in the BGLT community (not sure it's the right acronym) who put much more on the line than Johnny did and put in hours of work for the cause, which Johnny did not.

  39. REO

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    The Olympics is a huge forum. You don't get more visible globally than that. Perhaps there are others who also deserve the award but there is only one per year. Johnny was very visible this year so it's his time. His award does not negate others who do good work.
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    Well, since the award REQUIRES that the individual be LGBT, I guess we don't have to wait for Johnny's book to at least know he is either G or T.