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WWE Superstar

... I'm Gay

8/15/2013 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

081413_darren_young_launch_wmWWE superstar Darren Young just dropped a bombshell, telling TMZ, he's gay ... and no, this isn't part of the act.

Darren was at LAX Wednesday when we asked whether a gay wrestler could succeed in WWE, and Darren laughed, saying, "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."

For the record, Darren is now the first openly gay wrestler ever at WWE ... and the first headlining wrestler ever to come out while still signed to a major promotion.

Other pro wrestlers have been rumored to be gay, but that's it ... just rumors.

It will hurt his career

  • Yes
  • No
Bottom line: this is big, big news. For all its chauvinism and testosterone-driven bravado, coming out in WWE is tantamount to coming out in the NFL.

Of course, wrestling is a little different, particularly because of how physical it is, and how little clothing is involved -- but Darren is completely unfazed. Watch the video to hear why.

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Current WWE Champ John Cena is already weighing in on Darren coming out. Check out his reaction here.

Young is also receiving full support from the WWE ... which says it's "proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality."

A rep for the organization adds, "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."


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136.

JIM    

does that mean he rather be giving a ****** or taking a ******... just wondering

246 days ago
137.

Victoria    

Umm Pat Patterson, Chris Kanyon.. Come on TMZ do your homework here... SMH -_-

246 days ago
138.

rick    

I thought all Pro Wrestler's were gay

246 days ago
139.

oregonbob    

Good for him and his heart. It is about time gay people can be who they are and not be afraid of being beat, torured, and bullied. Love to see someone bully him... lol Bet he would kick some butt.. lol lol I came out in the 60's, and believe me we said nothing and had to live a very lonely life. I'm Proud of this guy... as I said before: GOOD FOR HIM..... God bless him with much success.

246 days ago
140.

Brighter    

who cares.. I'm not GAY. big deal

246 days ago
141.

Pimp Daddy    

SAD This guy has a mental disorder.The mental disorder of homosexuality is getting worst.We gotta find a cure.
Epigenetics - how gene expression is regulated by temporary switches, called epi-marks - appears to be a critical and overlooked factor contributing to the long-standing puzzle of why homosexuality occurs.

According to the study, published online today in The Quarterly Review of Biology, sex-specific epi-marks, which normally do not pass between generations and are thus "erased," can lead to homosexuality when they escape erasure and are transmitted from father to daughter or mother to son.

From an evolutionary standpoint, homosexuality is a trait that would not be expected to develop and persist in the face of Darwinian natural selection. Homosexuality is nevertheless common for men and women in most cultures. Previous studies have shown that homosexuality runs in families, leading most researchers to presume a genetic underpinning of sexual preference. However, no major gene for homosexuality has been found despite numerous studies searching for a genetic connection.

In the current study, researchers from the Working Group on Intragenomic Conflict at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) integrated evolutionary theory with recent advances in the molecular regulation of gene expression and androgen-dependent sexual development to produce a biological and mathematical model that delineates the role of epigenetics in homosexuality.

Friberg, Rice photo.
Bill Rice of the University of California Santa Barbara (left) and Urban Friberg of Uppsala University (right) collaborated with NIMBioS Associate Director for Scientific Activities Sergey Gavrilets to develop a mathematical model describing the epigenetic conflict that drives the evolution of homosexuality.
Epi-marks constitute an extra layer of information attached to our genes' backbones that regulates their expression. While genes hold the instructions, epi-marks direct how those instructions are carried out - when, where and how much a gene is expressed during development. Epi-marks are usually produced anew each generation, but recent evidence demonstrates that they sometimes carry over between generations and thus can contribute to similarity among relatives, resembling the effect of shared genes.

Sex-specific epi-marks produced in early fetal development protect each sex from the substantial natural variation in testosterone that occurs during later fetal development. Sex-specific epi-marks stop girl fetuses from being masculinized when they experience atypically high testosterone, and vice versa for boy fetuses. Different epi-marks protect different sex-specific traits from being masculinized or feminized – some affect the genitals, others sexual identity, and yet others affect sexual partner preference. However, when these epi-marks are transmitted across generations from fathers to daughters or mothers to sons, they may cause reversed effects, such as the feminization of some traits in sons, such as sexual preference, and similarly a partial masculinization of daughters.

The study solves the evolutionary riddle of homosexuality, finding that "sexually antagonistic" epi-marks, which normally protect parents from natural variation in sex hormone levels during fetal development, sometimes carryover across generations and cause homosexuality in opposite-sex offspring. The mathematical modeling demonstrates that genes coding for these epi-marks can easily spread in the population because they always increase the fitness of the parent but only rarely escape erasure and reduce fitness in offspring.

"Transmission of sexually antagonistic epi-marks between generations is the most plausible evolutionary mechanism of the phenomenon of human homosexuality," said the study's co-author Sergey Gavrilets, NIMBioS' associate director for scientific activities and a professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

The paper's other authors are William Rice, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Urban Friberg, a professor at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Citation: Rice WR, Friberg U, Gavrilets S. Homosexuality as a consequence of epigenetically canalized sexual development. The Quarterly Review of Biology. Published [Online] 11 December 2012.

Update: The authors describe a testing protocol for the model in an article published 19 July 2013 in BioEssays:
Rice WR, Friberg U, Gavrilets S. 2013. Homosexuality via canalized sexual development: A testing protocol for a new epigenetic model. BioEssays: 35. Published [online] 19 Jul 2013.

246 days ago
142.

Vote2012    

Who is he? It's like the NBA player who came out and nobody knew who he was. This must be the thing to do now because the media jumps all over these type of announcements. Why do they have to broadcast to the world they are gay? Do we really care?

246 days ago
143.

Dino     

It will be so good that day that being Gay or Straight is not an issue to for anyone to talk about it !

246 days ago
144.

sieben13    

we knew all along

246 days ago
145.

Pimp Daddy    

Pedophilia is also a mental illness. Pedophiles are stuck in a stage of arrested emotional development. I also have seen it cured. Many pedophiles don't want this condition either. I once saw a pedophile in tears begging authorities to castrate him as a solution to his misery.

Nevertheless, most pedophiles don't realize that their behavior is devastating to children, leaving them with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and untold life long relationship issues. These issues are also curable; victims of child molestation no longer need to live with the pain.

But the law has made child molestation worse. All licensed therapists, clergy and professionals that work with children are required to report suspected cases of molestation. This stops all pedophiles from seeking treatment. It also stops victims from reporting because they don't want to face the humiliation of testifying in court. Several victims I have worked with have found that their ordeal with law enforcement was more traumatizing than the actual molestation. One said, "the police destroy families to save a victim".

To those of you out there who are promiscuous: whether homo- heterosexual or pedophile you can control yourself. There is hope for you, but only if you make the effort.

If you refuse, you will be weeded out like the tares among the wheat. You are a menace and threat to civilization and keeping you around will not be worth the cost.
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246 days ago
146.

edmarine    

Good for him. However, LMAO@ TMZ trying to make this a huge deal. Sorry, but the WWE is nothing in comparison to the NFL...

246 days ago
147.

Jeremiah    

No step-over double lip locks for me!

246 days ago
148.

buzz kill    

What the hell is going on, are they giving out prizes if you claim to be a co*ksu*ker?

246 days ago
149.

john johnson    

so much for Golddust and Adrian Adonis.

246 days ago
150.

MikeyMike    

I wish he would wrestle me!

246 days ago
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