Darren Young Comes Out As Gay

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Wrestling star Darren Young has recently come out as gay, according to TMZ. At LAX on Wednesday, the gossip site asked Young if a gay wrestler could ever succeed in WWE. To which Young replied, “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.”

By doing so, Young has become the first active openly gay wrestler in the sport. A rep for WWE has already expressed support for the wrestler: “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.”

Earlier this year, Jason Collins of the Boston Celtics became the first openly gay NBA player, although he did so as a free agent. A team has yet to sign the player, although the Detroit Pistons have expressed interest. Many wondered at the time if coming out would hurt his career and the same could be said for Young.

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