Out NBA star Jason Collins reaches out to WWE Superstar Darren Young; other athletes tweet support

Darren Young, WWE Superstar, spoke out about being gay yesterday while waiting for his luggage at LAX. A cameramen from TMZ asked him if he thought a gay wrestler could be successful and Young responded, "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."

This morning Young appeared on the Today show with Matt Lauer where we spoke about receiving advice from Jason Collins, who made history earlier this year as the first out gay active male pro athlete in one of America's major leagues. "I even talked to Jason Collins last night too and he actually gave me advice on how to handle this whole situation, how to cope with it and be a positive and strong individual," Young said of how Collins inspired him. Check out his Today show appearance below.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

The WWE offered a message of support, as did the You Can Play Project. WWE personalities including Vince and Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Rosa Mendes and more tweeted their support.

Related Stories




Interscope Records

GLAAD and Interscope Records today released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, featuring Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. The tribute will be made available in the U.S. at iTunes exclusively.