Friday, August 23, 2013


Johnny in one of his traditional warmup jackets 
emblazoned with the word “Russia.” 
As a well-known openly gay man whose marriage 
to Victor was front-page news in Russia, 
he is, in the eyes of Russian law, 
literally “homosexual propaganda.” 

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for beautiful full-size image.
Full series below.

Friday, August 9, 2013

"We Are Our Own Greatest Weapons"

The power of the human spirit 
will prevail against all odds.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly. 
The final set in this series is posted below.

UPDATE: New video from CBS News:
An excellent interview, with bonus skating footage 
from the Ice House and interviews with 
his skating partners there. Johnny's powerful quote: 
“If it takes me getting arrested 
for people to pay attention, and for people to lobby 
against this law, then I’m willing to take it.” 
CBS video link.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Skaterpalooza II: Birthday Boogaloo

Irrepressible Johnny at rehearsal—
just exactly perfect for today.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

UPDATE: More media appearances by Johnny regarding the ongoing anti-LGBT crisis in Russia, which he termed a “tragedy” in his ABC News interview:

*Article and audio on BBC News

*Article and brief audio message to his Russian fans on Svoboda (article is in Russian)

Джонни Вейр обращается к российским поклонникам

Johnny says: “All my fans, I’m always with you. I wish you a lot of strength now, a lot of success and love. Tomorrow will be better than today.” Thank you to Tatiana Edrenkina for the translation!

Friday, August 2, 2013

"Should Anything Happen to Me..."

Johnny during his last visit to Russia, in November 2012. 
Read about his harrowing experience during that trip 
in the column he wrote when he finally got home—
a story he was forbidden to tell, but which he did anyway, 
with the same fierce courage that now fuels him 
to challenge Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws 
by standing with the LGBT community in Russia 
and by refusing to censor who he is. In explaining 
his opposition to an Olympic boycott, 
Johnny told WNYC radio Thursday that the athletes’ 
“presence at the Olympic Games in Sochi 
will be far more influential than our absence.” 

Photo © the wonderful Arthur Lookyanov.

UPDATE: Johnny appeared on CNN Saturday morning along with out New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup to address the anti-gay crisis in Russia. Both athletes do NOT favor a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, saying that their presence makes a far greater statement of solidarity with the Russian LGBT community than would their absence. 

CNN video link.