Figure skater Johnny Weir held a press conference yesterday to address the homophobic remarks made by various sports commentators directed squarely at him.
"I want them to think before they speak. I want them to think about not only the person they're talking about, but also other people like that person," he said. "What people as a majority need to do is think, and think about who they're affecting. ... I don't want, 50 years from now, more boys and girls to go through this same thing."
He went on to say that he doesn't mind the criticism personally, but he worries about the message it sends to kids and parents.
"I hope more kids can grow up like I did and more kids can feel the freedom to express themselves," he said. "Out of ugly, I think the most important thing in life is to make something beautiful."