At LAX earlier this week, World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Darren Young shocked a TMZ cameraman during an interview when he announced that he is gay.
TMZ’s videographer stopped the wrestler on Wednesday while he was retrieving his luggage in LAX. After being asked if he thinks a gay wrestler could be successful within the WWE organization, Young said:
“Absolutely,” Young said, laughing. “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. Very happy.”
Young said he doesn’t think his sexuality should matter.
I guess if you want to call it ‘coming out,’ I really don’t know what to say it is,” he said. “I’m just letting you know that I’m happy [with] who I am, I’m comfortable with myself, and I’m happy to be living the dream … Some people might not like it. Some people will like it. I’m here to please myself. I’m here to be happy … I’m hoping to make a difference. It’s very important to me to make people understand that someone’s sexual preference shouldn’t really matter. It should be about the person.
And of course, we agree. Young is said to be the first openly gay male professional wrestler, and that’s big news.
A representative for the WWE said the wrestling organization is proud of Young for coming out.
“WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar,” read a statement sent to The Huffington Post Thursday. “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.”
Go Young! We are proud of you as well.