Three-time U.S. champion, two-time Olympian, and world bronze medalist men’s figure skater Johnny Weir-Voronov and husband Victor Weir-Voronov, a 2005 graduate of Emory University, have committed to placing their papers in the LGBT collection at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL).
The Weir-Voronov papers will broaden the scope of the collection to include research opportunities on LGBT athletes and marriage equality, says Randy Gue, curator of MARBL’s LGBT collection.
The collection documents Johnny Weir-Voronov’s athletic career and achievements, Johnny and Victor’s professional and public lives, and the couple’s relationship. It also contains an array of correspondence, artwork, photographs, scrapbooks and other materials Johnny’s fans have sent him.
The couple, who live in New Jersey, married in a civil ceremony on Dec. 30, 2011.
Gue notes the collection provides a fascinating perspective on marriage equality. “Victor and Johnny are a high-profile, LGBT married couple on a global scale,” Gue says. "It broadens our collection in a number of ways in a much larger sense, with a global perspective. It’s not that easy to find collections that have that kind of reach.”
“I’m so honored and excited to have my things preserved and not just sit in my closet, get passed down to my children’s children and eventually get thrown away once I’m long gone,” Johnny says.
Both Victor and Johnny say preserving LGBT history is important. “The times are changing very quickly, and the movement is happening right now,” Victor says. “Thirty years from now, people are going to look back and say, ‘I can’t believe these people were oppressed and didn’t have equal rights.’ ”
Johnny, who announced his retirement from competitive figure skating in October, is a figure skating analyst for NBC Sports and will cover the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He won the U.S. National men’s title three years in a row (2004-06) and the World bronze medal in 2008. He finished sixth at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Victor earned a bachelor’s in political science from Emory in 2005 and a law degree from Georgetown University in 2008. He is a practicing attorney in New York City, moving into entertainment law from corporate law.
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