Johnny Weir: 2011 L.A. Gay Pride Parade Grand Marshal
The event, organized by Christopher Street West, is part of a weekend-long celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride that draws crowds to Los Angeles from across the globe every year. The non-profit organization is named after the New York City site of the Stonewall rebellion. The parade, begun in 1970, has evolved into a full-on festival.
Rodney Scott, Christopher Street West board pres, tells the site, "Johnny lives a life with a defined purpose, is dedicated to helping young people and is not afraid to be himself, sometimes not always an easy thing for a world-class athlete."
Weir adds, "I'm not ashamed to be me. 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."