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May 20, 2014

Olympian's hubby says he was 'terrified' after Weir flew into a jealous rage

Last we heard, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov had gotten back together and were requesting privacy and respect.

That's all changed.

Voronov has gone on the syndicated TV show Inside Edition and alleged that Weir flew into a jealous rage over the weekend and Voronov was so terrified he called the police.

May 19, 2014

Ultimate Fighting Champion athlete Joseph Benavidez has said he would support a gay competitor in the sport

A US Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) athlete has said he thinks the sport is ready to see a gay champion who can ‘beat the shit out of somebody.’

Joseph Benavidez, who was a UFC Flyweight tournament runner-up in 2012, made the statement when being questioned about gay athletes in the UFC, and whether they would be accepted.

Benavidez said he would welcome a gay athlete into the sport, as it would be a way of breaking down barriers.

‘It would be cool to see a gay guy just beat the shit out of somebody’ he said.

May 15, 2014

Broadway legend says of two-time Olympic figure skater: 'Anything but Johnny Weir and his divorce'

Johnny Weir's highly-public on-again off-again divorce from husband Victor Voronov has apparently gotten on Harvey Fierstein last nerve.

When the multiple Tony winner, currently on Broadway in Casa Valentina, was asked by Huffington Post about issues he is speaking out these days he replied: 'Anything but Johnny Weir. Leave me alone with that faggot. Anything but Johnny Weir and his divorce.'

May 6, 2014

Tweets Weir: 'Please respect our privacy and integrity at this time'

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir took to Twitter today to announce that he and husband Victor Voronov are back together after what had been a very ugly and very public split.

'My husband and I have happily reconciled,' Weir tweeted. 'Please respect our privacy and integrity at this time.'

The news comes just eight days after an interview with Voronov aired on the syndicated US show Inside Edition during which he accused Weir of a host of things from biting him marrying him to provide fodder for a reality show.

May 1, 2014

Hudson Taylor sits down with GSN after moderating a Out on the Street panel

April 29, 2014

Victor Voronov: 'He vacuums four times a day. If I step on the carpet and ruin the lines in the carpet, I get yelled at'

Johnny Weir's estranged husband Victor Voronov is talking lots about their failed marriage and sharing personal details about a man he says he will always love.

Voronov has given his first televised interview to the daily syndicated US show Inside Editionand among his claims about his two-time Olympic figure skating ex is that Weir's bite is just as big as his bark.

April 25, 2014

Victor Voronov still loves Weir but says during marriage he was 'walking on eggshells every single day'

Johnny Weir's estranged husband is blasting the two-time Olympic figure skater for the way he has behaved during their split.

Victor Voronov, in his first interview since the bitter break-up last month, tells the US TV show Inside Edition: 'There are a lot of emotions that I feel right now. I feel betrayed, heartbroken, shocked.'

April 18, 2014

'You've gotta praise this kid for his courage'

John Calipari, the men's basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, knows something about hoops at the University of Massachusetts.

He coached there from 1989 to 1996. One of his former players, Derek Kellogg, runs the program now.

April 18, 2014

Jon Jones called an Instagram user a ‘fag boy’ and said ‘homosexuality is a sin’, before a representative claimed a hacker had stolen his phone

A US heavyweight champion fighter, who insulted a man on Instagram with comments like ‘fag shit’ and ‘homosexuality is a sin’, has blamed a hacker who stole his phone for the outburst.

Jon Jones, the youngest Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) in the history of the sport, is in hot water after his tirade on the social media site earlier this week (15 April).

Swedish man Danii Javid was the recipient of the homophobic slurs.

March 25, 2014

Ugly split and fight over belongings continues to play out in court papers

Johnny Weir posted an Instagram photo of his tiny Japanese Chin named Tema on Monday (24 March)along with the caption: 'Such a happy face to come home to after a very long day!'

This is the same dog that his estranged husband, Victor Voronov is fighting for custody of.

March 24, 2014

Victor Voronov details allegations in court papers seeking financial support and return of family dog

Former Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir told TMZ cameras in New York City earlier today that his split from hubby Victor Voronov is a private matter.

Someone forgot to tell that to Voronov.

The law school graduate alleges in legal documents that Weir committed adultery multiple times and claims his husband forced him out of the closet as he struggled with his sexuality.

He is also claiming Weir only married him in December 2011 to provide a compelling story line for the three-time US champion's reality television show.

March 22, 2014

Accompanied by police, Weir retrieves belongings from New Jersey home - including  a Japanese Chin named Tema

The split between Johnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov took an even uglier turn on Friday (21 March) with a scene at their New Jersey home that involved police, tears and the family dog.

The former couple, who married in December 2011, were both in court making emergency legal filings.

March 20, 2014

'My heart hurts, and I wish him well'

Johnny Weir took to Twitter on Wednesday (19 March) to announce that he and husband Victor Voronov are breaking up after just over two years of marriage.

'It is with great sadness that I announce that my husband and I are no longer together. My heart hurts, and I wish him well,' Weir tweeted to his more than 205,000 followers.

The couple were married in December 2011.

There were recent signs of trouble in the union.

March 20, 2014

Olympian claims he was very 'isolated from the world' and had to financially support both of them

Johnny Weir, in what he vows will be his only interview about his broken marriage, described his union with Victor Voronov as 'a very threatening marriage.'

'I’ve been having a tough time at home for a long time now and it’s something that I’ve kept from the public,' Weir told Access Hollywood on Thursday (20 March).

March 20, 2014

He tweets that he is ‘shocked by the abrupt ending of my marriage and am dealing with the trauma'

The Johnny Weir-Victor Voronov split is quickly shaping up to be messy.

Voronov, married to the Olympic figure skater in December 2011, posted on Twitter today that not only was he blindsided by the split but 'I am only now finding out that my husband filed for divorce from me months ago.'

March 17, 2014

'I don't think a gay golfer is going to be that big of a deal. It's not going to affect my life in any way, shape or form'

With courageous athletes like Michael Sam (NFL prospect), Jason Collins (NBA) and Robbie Rogers (MLS) coming out as gay in the past year, it seems like only a matter of time when other major leagues also have openly gay male pros.

What about golf?

So far, the Professional Golf Association has never had someone come out as gay but straight player Brandt Snedeker knows they are already among him.

March 9, 2014

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level'

The Myrtle Beach Mutiny have signed Anton Hysén, the out Swedish footballer.

The Mutiny are part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

'I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season,' Hysén said in a release, according to Outsports.

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level. I hope I can help take the team to the top of the NPSL,' he continued. 

March 6, 2014

Victor Voronov asks that charges be dropped stemming from domestic dispute before the Olympics

Johnny Weir talked figure skating at the Olympics and fashion at the Oscars.

One thing he wasn't talking about was his date with a judge stemming from a police report husband Victor Voronov filed accusing Weir of biting him during a domestic dispute.

The couple, who married in December 2011, appeared in Lyndhurst Municipal Court in New Jersey this week (4 March) and asked a judge to dismiss the case, according to RadarOnline.

January 6, 2014

Between seasons for LA Galaxy, Rogers wishes followers 'Happy New Year'

Robbie Rogers certainly doesn't appear to be letting himelf go between Los Angeles Galaxy seasons.

The soccer stud, who came out publicly last February, is enjoying a vacation and posted a relaxed - and shirtless - photo on Facebook.

He's on the water somewhere but does not reveal where and it is not known if he is with TV producer boyfriend Greg Berlanti.

Robbie's caption simply states: 'Happy New Year.'

Good enough for us!

January 3, 2014

Torrey Smith of Baltimore Ravens writes 'Look at this queen' next to photo of man wearing pink flowery socks

Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for reigning Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens, posted a homophobic slur on his Instagram account today.

Next to a photo of an unidentified man wearing pink flowery socks, Smith wrote: 'Look at this queen.'

Smith took to Twitter to respond to the photo first being reported by TMZ.com.

December 3, 2013

Gay athlete under fire for taking job with NBC Sports for Olympics in Sochi

Johnny Weir referred to a group of LGBTI activists protesting him as 'idiots' at a speaking event at Barnard College on Monday (2 December) evening.

He apologized today in a newspaper column acknowledging the he has 'put my foot in my mouth.'

'My stance of being pro-athlete before being pro-gay has ruffled so many feathers and it becomes difficult to speak publicly because of this fight,' he wrote in a column today in the Falls Church News-Press.

October 23, 2013

US performer has announced he will still travel to Sochi as a figure skating analyst for NBC

Gay ice skater Johnny Weir has announced his retirement today (23 October).

Speaking on the NBC’s Today show, he announced he had officially retired from competitive skating and will not participate in the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

‘I got old,’ the 29-year-old offered as an explanation.

But he will also be joining NBC as an ‘expert figure skating analyst’ – commentating on the Winter Games.

When asked about Weir supporting the Olympics in the light of Russia’s gay propaganda laws, he said he will still speak out and risk arrest.

October 13, 2013

Eric Marcus, who collaborated on Greg Louganis' best-selling memoir, will co-write Robbie Rogers' upcoming memoir

Gay soccer pro Robbie Rogers has a new memoir coming out next year.

Called 'Coming Out to Play the book will published by Penguin Books.

As reported by the Associated Press, the book will cover 'his rise from a "troubled, isolated child" to a winger for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.'

The 26-year-old will co-write the book with Eric Marcus, who also worked on the autobiography by gay Olympic champion Greg Louganis.

September 18, 2013

Outspoken opponent of a boycott does not sign up for national championships

Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir won 't be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Associated Press reports that Weir, a two-time Olympian, did not register to try and qualify for the national championship where the US Olympic team will be selected.

The nationals begin on 9 January in Boston and Weir would have had to perform well in them to qualify for a third Olympics. He finished sixth at the 2010 games in Vancouver.