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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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46.

Derrick    

I'm kind of tired of people asking why things like this are newsworthy. It's newsworthy because it's still considered abnormal to be gay. When you have countries like Russia passing draconian anti-gay propaganda laws that make even wearing a rainbow pin a criminal offense, stories like this are newsworthy.

When you have parts of Africa and Jamaica reporting almost daily about how a PERCEIVED lgbt person is hunted like cattle and the aggressors applauded by the government, stories like this will still be newsworthy.

We'll stop announcing we're gay when the world finally grows up and (1) people assuming everyone is straight until proven gay and finally (2) when the day comes where no gay person has to ever worry about their safety because they are just trying to live an honest life. Until then please kindly shut the f**k up.

Sincerely a black gay man.

246 days ago
47.

STAYCLASSYSANDIEGO    

okay "superstar" implies someone the general public has heard of tmz. "the rock" is a superstar. hulk hogan is a superstar.

246 days ago
48.

wrathbeans    

he is not the first , the first was orlando jordan and he was then fired.

246 days ago
49.

krjensen1    

Good for him! I'm glad he came forward.

246 days ago
50.

GetOverYourself    

Poor Darren is going to hell. May God have mercy on his perverted sould.

246 days ago
51.

Akbar    

His famous move: "The Flying ********!"

246 days ago
52.

Mr Rod    

Fire him. No fruits wanted in pro wrestling. He needs mental help!

246 days ago
53.

elpablo    

Hopefully he gets the mental help that he needs.

246 days ago
54.

GetOverYourself    

he isn't gay. He is simply pretending to be a sexual deviant for publicity. Do not worry, my fellow Christians. He will one day soar to heaven with the rest of us heterosexuals, and not fall into the firey pits of hell like the sexual perverts he pretends to be.....

246 days ago
55.

GetOverYourself    

Trolling, trolling, trolling.....gay pride?

246 days ago
56.

Akbar    

WWE is gay.

246 days ago
57.

burth179    

Pat Patterson is openly gay

246 days ago
58.

Umanyways    

" Nice try dude, you're still not going to get laid by becoming a chick's best friend" - twitter user

245 days ago
59.

billybob    

Yeah my friend, the next time, when this guy sits with his purple spandex in your face and tries a 'Testicular Claw' or a 'Body Scissor', just remember, it might be pure ♥♥love♥♥

245 days ago
60.

3Storms    

Who cares? Wy do they always need to wear their sex lives in their sleeves while decent people keep it to themselves?

245 days ago
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