This article was published on May 25th, 2011
LA Pride announced today ice-skating superstar and pop culture icon Johnny Weir as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 LA Pride parade held on Sunday, June 12, 2011, ub West Hollywood, California. Johnny is always the center of attention on the ice, the catwalk and on his own reality show, making him the perfect fit for LA Pride, now in its 41st year.
Johnny is known around the world for his talent as one of the top world male figure skating superstars. Fans from around the world appreciate his elegant, edgy style and the unpredictability of never knowing what he’ll say, wear or do next.
“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,” said Rodney Scott, Christopher Street West Board President. “As an out professional athlete, the visibility he brings is immeasurable.”
“I never think of myself as an activist in any capacity, but I am glad that people can find strength and inspiration in my triumphs and defeats,” said Johnny.
Johnny has became more open following the recent epidemic of gay teen suicides hoping his story would help others. Among the numerous charities he supports are The Trevor Project, Elton John AIDS Foundation and UNICEF.
The LA Pride parade annually draws over 400,000 spectators to its route along Santa Monica Boulevard with up to 3 million more viewing online and on television.
There are more than 75 performers including Margaret Cho, Estelle, Prince Poppycock, CeCe Peniston, Macy Gray, Sam Sparro, who will be entertaining at the 2011 LA Pride.
For more information, please visit the LA Pride website.