Thanks, Jeffry!

You know, as a gay teen in the late 70s and early 80s, I idolized the artistic finesse and athletic grace and power of male figure skaters.

I always (quite naively) presumed that many of them must be gay.

Like I presumed that ballerinos must be gay.

It seemed to me (in my insular little world of masculine stereotypes) that any man who dared express himself artistically in a physical way probably couldn’t be totally straight.

I think my mindset must have been quite common.

I suppose the official figure skating world must have been and must still be reacting to those stereotypes when they create standards and enforce expectations.

It’s a shame that men aren’t supposed to be artistic with their bodies — not if they’re to be accepted as “real” men.

I’m glad things are starting to change.

It’s going to take of work. A lot of Adam Rippons and a lot of Billy Elliots.

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this story so well.

Jim

Fred, are you listening?

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com