Two professional figure skaters have been banned from the Berkeley Iceland skating rink, after practicing together for the upcoming Gay Games in Chicago. They have filed suit against the rink, saying they were kicked off the ice because of their sexual orientation.
According to Courthouse News, “Alan Lessik and John Manson-Santoa claim they were barred in violation of a Berkeley ordinance because the rink manager, Monte Tiedemann, objected to the skating while holding hands, which is an integral part of any pairs routine.”
We at Queerty are incensed at the arrogance of Lessik and Manson-Santoa, thinking they can just throw open the closet doors and expose the secretive world of gay figure skating. With macho routines like this and the sport’s superstars doing such a good job of concealing their sexual orientation, it’s best to keep these issues a secret.
Gay skaters hot over ban from ice [Courthouse News]