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The organizers behind the Stars on Ice tour say they are not discriminating against Olympian and former U.S. champion Johnny Weir because of his perceived sexual orientation.
"We are disappointed that there is untrue and inaccurate information being disseminated," Stars on Ice organizers said in a statement. "Please be assured that the 'gender identity and sexual orientation' of cast members has never been a consideration in the selection of tour performers."
Weir said recently in an interview that he had never been asked to join the Stars on Ice tour, which is the only figure skating tour in the country. "It's for real," Weir said. "All because I am not family-friendly enough. I understand I am a little outrageous, but I wish I could perform for the fans."
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is circulating a petition that says Stars on Ice's alleged stance that Weir is insufficiently family friendly is discriminatory.
The 41-city tour, which begins April 1 in Fort Myers, Fla. is sponsored by Smucker's.