State Magazine, U.S Secretary of State Department:  To emphasize Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s view that “gay rights are human rights,” the public affairs section at the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, Japan, invited two world-famous skaters — three-time U.S. Men’s Figure Skating Champion Johnny Weir and 2011 Women’s World Champion and three-time Japan Champion Miki Ando — to conduct an ice-skating clinic for more than 100 young skaters.

Weir, who is openly gay, spoke about the importance of being true to oneself. Ando, who learned English while training in the United States, served as his translator.

One participant said, “It was like a dream to get to talk to Johnny Weir, and it was the first time I ever spoke about LGBT issues with a mixed audience.”

Read more here in the free digital issue of State Magazine. Johnny’s article is on page 7 of the December 2012 issue.