Thursday, January 31, 2019

LGBTQ ice dancers Karina Manta and Joe Johnson challenge figure skating's norms

With that video, Manta made figure skating history. The American ice dancer is not just the first female skater to come out during her competitive career, but alongside skating partner Joe Johnson, part of the first ice dance team with two LGBTQ competitors. As they take the ice Friday at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Manta and Johnson will challenge the norms that have long governed the sport. But will their new openness impact their scores?


I think they should get 10's just for showing up!

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I think they should be laughed off the ice for being "Great Pretenders"

Posted by: Stu Buchalter | Jan 31, 2019 7:09:44 PM

"challenge the norms": yes, it's not as if anyone ever suspected that many female athletes are queer, or that males in disciplines such as figure skating are often queer too.
No siree!

Added to which, who cares? They are either jolly good at figure skating or they aren't. Their bedtime habits are no business of mine.

There used to be a queer who played rugby for Wales. Did I care? I didn't give a button: good luck to him. I hope he finds happiness.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 1, 2019 4:17:59 AM