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.
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.
I respect @DarrenYoungWWE's decision to come out and am happy to see the support from the WWE Universe.— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) August 16, 2013
Congratulations to @DarrenYoungWWE for being the first openly gay WWE Superstar!— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) August 15, 2013
@DarrenYoungWWE I'm so proud of you!! See you this week!!— Rosa Mendes (@LaRosaMendes) August 15, 2013
Way to go @DarrenYoungWWE! Your courage in coming out is going to make a profound difference in the lives of so many. Proud of you,man!— Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) August 16, 2013