By Krystal Xavier
WWE Superstar Darren Young has just revealed that he is gay!
After arriving at LAX on Wednesday night the wrestler told TMZ that he was gay! The coming out happened after a TMZ camera man asked Young if a gay wrestler could succeed in WWE. Young laughed and said “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.”
The site reported that Darren is officially the first openly gay wrestler at WWE, and that he’s the first headlining wrestler ever to officially come out while being signed to a major promotion.
But as we congratulate Young for coming out, the above is not true as in 2006 Chris Kanyon also came out as a gay man. But unlike Young, it was full of controversy as Kanyon’s stated he was gay and said it was the reason he was released from WWE. Later Kanyon told reporters that this was just a publicity stunt and that he was heterosexual. Later he retracted all statements and acknowledged that he was indeed gay.
On April 2, 2010 Kanyon was found dead by his brother Ken Klucsarits in his New York apartment with an empty bottle of antidepressants. In 2011 Wrestling Reality the book Kanyon was working on prior to his death was released, and primarily focused on his struggles as a closeted gay wrestler.
Also in 2010 wrestler Orlando Jordan began portraying a bisexual character which was considered one of the more controversial characters in wrestling recent history. The character was based on Jordan’s real life. in 2010 regarding his bisexual character Jordan said “I really hope this character helps troubled teens, be it [those struggling] because of their race or their sexuality. If this character makes life even just a little bit easier for someone else, then I’ll be really happy.”
Check out the Darren Young’s coming out in the video below:
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