From Pink News:
The American star told NBC’s Today show: ”I’m very surprised by the reaction. I’m a person – I’ve never lived in a closet. I’ve never claimed to be anything – I’ve never claimed to be straight or gay. I claim to be Johnny Weir.”I think this is the same reason why so many women feel the need to call themselves a "feminist" even though they have issues with some of the actions and behaviors inside the feminist group. It's the same reason I won't laugh at rape jokes. Sometimes just living our lives without apology is the greatest message we can send.
He announced he was gay earlier this month, having refused to clarify his sexual orientation in the past.
Continuing, he said: “And I think that’s something that’s very important for anybody in this world, is to own who you are, regardless of what you’re born into.
”I was born a white male. A white gay male, and I don’t celebrate being white or male. So, why should I celebrate being gay. That’s my opinion on the whole thing.
When asked if he would consider becoming a gay rights activist, he said: “I know people have been after this for years, and have worked so hard and tirelessly…. They definitely wanted me to be an activist.
“But the best way I can be an activist is to live my life, and not make that the main thing that is Johnny Weir. I’m much more than just a gay man.”
So kudos for Johnny. While I don't think celebrating being gay is the same as celebrating being white, I get what Weir is trying to say. He's saying that he isn't defined by the labels society has seen fit to give him. And while that does speak of the privilege he does have, I can respect that kind of thinking.