Welcome out, Darren Young

Timothy Kincaid

August 15th, 2013

I’ll admit I know next to nothing about World Wrestling Entertainment, other than it appears to be a choreographed version of wrestling in which bravado, character, and size are very important and a lot of teenage boys seem to enjoy it. So I don’t really know what it means that Fred Rosser (performing under the name Darren Young) came out as gay today. But welcome out Fred/Darren!

Priya Lynn

August 15th, 2013

Well, I know one anti-gay bigot who adores the WWE who’s going to be pretty upset by this – I’m lovin’ it.

Lindoro Almaviva

August 15th, 2013

well, as I read it described today elsewhere, given the machismo, testosterone driven and highly homophobic (if at least on the surface) world these characters live for the sake of the fans; this come out is as close as we are going to get to an NFL player coming out.


August 15th, 2013

Though I enjoy seeing high profilers come out, I do wish they would verbalize the “this is how I was born” factor. Lady Gaga bless her heart, isn’t gay so her song has some, but not the foundational effect.

I don’t recall one of them making this reference in their coming out statements or maybe I have just missed it. “This is who I am” is very different though effectual from, “this is how I was born”.

It seems that this info is so very important to the puzzle, for protection of our kids and for sexual orientation understanding in general to be received.


August 15th, 2013

Congratulations to Darren Young for having the courage to come out. With that said, he’s not technically the first wrestler to be openly gay (though he may be the first to be publicly out while on the WWE’s active roster). Several years ago Orlando Jordan came out as a bisexual–though the less said about the portrayal of his “bisexual” character in rival Impact Wrestling, the better.

And long before either of them there was Pat Patterson. From what I understand, Patterson never came out publicly until long after he’d retired from both the ring and backstage work, and he did so in a very quiet way. As in, it came up in a roundtable discussion and everyone involved treated it as common knowledge. With that said, I don’t believe that he was ever fully in the closet back in the day, either (Vince McMahon, one of his best friends, had known for years).


August 16th, 2013

There’s also the late Chris Kanyon to add to that list.


August 16th, 2013

Right, totally forgot about Kanyon.


August 16th, 2013

If you search for John Cena’s reaction, which TMZ caught live, its pitch perfect. Surprise and a heart felt congratulations. Couldn’t ask for any better support.

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