The WWE is raising the rainbow-colored flag and waving it proudly! The wresting company released a powerful statement on Aug. 11 revealing LGBTQ characters will be added to future matches, allowing closeted competitors to FINALLY embrace their identities in the ring! Read the statement below.
It’s baby steps, but groundbreaking progress is being made in the LBGTQ community! WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon released a monumental statement on Aug. 11 declaring that LGBTQ characters and storylines will be incorporated into future wrestling matches. “We will integrate LGBT characters into our programming,” Stephanie told NBC Out. “And I do think there will be an opportunity to integrate some of those storylines in the near future.”
Until now, LGBTQ wrestlers have suffered under a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” guideline, but that’s all about to change! Addressed in his personal memoir Accepted, 75-year-old gay wrestling legend Pat Patterson talks about what it was like to keep part of his identity a secret during his entire athletic career, which lasted FOURTY-TWO YEARS! That’s a long time to be living in the shadows. Pat finally came out in the 2014 finale episode of WWE reality show, Legends’ House — and the world was left speechless! At the time, a lot of people thought the LGBTQ community couldn’t be “macho” or do well in sports, but Pat proved them wrong!
“Throughout my life I have grown up knowing gay [WWE] superstars and executives,” Stephanie continues. “It’s always been accepted, but now it’s about getting that message out there.” Some of the most memorable storylines are based on inventive costumes, like when “Dashing” Cody Rhodes broke his nose in 2011 and designed a protective mask to prevent it from happening again. Along with the mask, Cody embraced an entirely new character, and picked up the “Dashing.” If a straight shooter like Cody can build funky head gear, just imagine what LGBTQ wrestlers will be able to change! We can’t wait to see more feathers, glitter, and rainbows!
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