WWE superstar Darren Young discussed being gay while waiting for his luggage at LAX as he’s in Los Angeles for WWE SummerSlam Week.
A cameraman from TMZ asked him if he thought a gay wrestler could be successful. His response? “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. Very happy.”
The WWE supported Young's decision to come out.
WWE statement: “WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and 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.”
Young asked TMZ “Does it matter? Does it matter to you? Does it change what you think about me? I guess if you want to call it coming out; I really don’t know what to say it is, but I’m just letting you know. I’m happy with who I am. I’m comfortable with myself, and I’m happy to be living the dream. I’m in L.A. for ‘SummerSlam’ with WWE.
“You know, to be honest with you, I’m happy with myself. Some people might not like it; some people will like it, but I’m here to please myself. I’m here to be happy, and it’s very important that I’m happy with myself. I’m hoping to be able to make a difference...It’s very important to me that people understand that someone’s sexual preference shouldn’t really matter. It should be about the person.”
Young, 33, is currently part of the Prime Time Players alongside fellow superstar Titus O’Neil. Young is the first WWE superstar to come out as gay.
“Darren Young's courageous decision to speak out about being gay gives countless young LGBT people, athletes and fans of the WWE someone to cheer for and look to,” said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz. “With a demonstrated commitment to anti-bullying initiatives and LGBT inclusion, the WWE has paved the way for a gay superstar to be welcomed and supported.”
GLAAD is a proud partner of Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect), an anti-bullying alliance founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Be a STAR ensures a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts.
WWE superstars and divas also participated in GLAAD's ‘Be an Ally’ PSA series, speaking in support of LGBT people in a PSA which aired on USA Network as part of the 2012 WWE 'Tribute to the Troops' special. In 2011, WWE began work with GLAAD to help address LGBT issues in its programming. GLAAD has since met with talent and editorial staff to discuss LGBT inclusion and the harms of anti-LGBT language.
The WWE has also participated in Spirit Day, a day when GLAAD organizes millions to wear purple on Oct., 17 in a stand up against bullying and in support of LGBT youth, for the past two years.
• WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view is 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Aug. 18 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Daniel Bryan challenges WWE champ John Cena (with guest referee Triple H).
CM Punk battles Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman.
Also, World champ Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Christian.
Kane vs. Bray Wyatt in a Rings of Fire match
Natalya vs. Brie Bella
Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow.
Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston and AJ Lee
U.S. champ Dean Ambrose of The Shield vs. Rob Van Dam.
The Miz will be the awesome host of SummerSlam.
WWE rookie diva JoJo of “Total Divas” (10 p.m. EST Sundays on E!) will sing the National Anthem.
There are others events during SummerSlam Weekend.
• WWE Monday Night Raw (8 p.m. EST Mondays on USA Network)
WWE Main Event (8 p.m. EST Wednesdays on ION)
WWE SmackDown (8 p.m. EST Fridays on Syfy)