WWE pro wrestler Darren Young casually came out to a TMZ camerman during an impromptu interview at LAX.
During a conversation about whether or not there could ever be a gay pro wrestler, Young shocked the cameraman by responding “Absolutely. Look at me. 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.”
Young is possibly the first active WWE wrestler to come out.
WWE partnered with The Creative Coalition in 2011 to form Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect). The organization’s mission statement includes working to create “a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness.”
Young’s announcement earned praise from WWE Champion John Cena, who told TMZ, “I know Darren personally. Darren’s a great guy. That’s a very bold move for him. And congratulations for him for actually finally doing it.”
Thursday morning WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon — daughter of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon — tweeted, “Congratulations to @DarrenYoungWWE for being the first openly gay WWE Superstar!”
Kudos to Darren Young for living his truth.
Hopefully he’ll inspire others to accept and be comfortable with exactly who they are.
Check out Darren’s interview below:
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