You Can Play

LGBTQ athletes. Allies. Teaming up for respect.

Congratulations to Darren Young

Darren Young’s coming out is an important step in challenging homophobia in sports. Everyone at You Can Play appreciates his honesty and openness with those in his sport and with his fans, and we share in his happiness.

We also appreciate the conversations You Can Play has had with WWE over the past several months. WWE’s commitment to Darren, and to LGBT athletes, staff and fans is exceptional. We applaud the WWE team for that commitment and we look forward to continuing our relationship.

It’s an important day for WWE and its fans, for an entire sport and, most importantly, for an honest, happy gay athlete. We offer our sincere congratulations to Darren, and our thanks for his leadership.

Young was questioned by TMZ about the possible success of a gay wrestler while he was in Los Angeles for WWE's SummerSlam. 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."

"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.