What a huge moment for professional wrestling! The veteran brawler dropped a bombshell on August 14, announcing that he’s gay and becoming the first wrestler in the sport’s history to come out.
August 14 marked a huge day in WWE history. Darren Young, who has been a pro wrestling star since 2005, proudly revealed that he was gay, proving that a homosexual man could succeed in the chauvinistic world that is professional wrestling.
Darren Young: Pro Wrestler Comes Out
After being approached in the LAX Airport and asked whether he believed a gay man could thrive in the WWE, Darren, 33, showed no fear in revealing his sexuality. “Absolutely. Look at me,” Darren surprisingly told TMZ.
“I’m a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now. I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”
Darren (born Frederick Douglas Rosser) is now the first openly gay man in professional wrestling. Perhaps taking inspiration from Jason Collins, who was the first NBA player to come out earlier this year, Darren proudly stood up for who he is after dropping the bombshell.
Darren Young: ‘Sexual Preference Shouldn’t Matter’
“I don’t think it matters. Does it matter? Does it change what you think about me?,” he asked the interviewer. “I’m happy with who I am. I’m comfortable with myself. I’m happy to be living the dream. I’m happy with myself. It’s very important to me that people see that someone’s sexual preference shouldn’t matter.”
A strong, proud person like Darren is exactly what the WWE needs to break its macho stereotypes and proudly prove that homosexuality in the pro wrestling doesn’t have to be a stigma. He elaborated on his strong stance in the interview:
We’re all adults. All sports are physical. When I come to work, I come to work. This is a business. I’m a WWE superstar. I’m there to entertain. That’s what my job is and I do it well.
A day after Darren came out, the WWE released a heartwarming statement of support on August 15:
WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today, in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A Star anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.
It’s always amazing to see a person standing up for who they are and what they believe in, especially in Darren’s case, because the culture he lives in tends to be so chauvinistic. It’s men and women like him who are helping sports — not just the WWE — evolve. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
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— Andrew Gruttadaro