The WWE do their best to make sure they incorporate everyday problems and sensitive subjects to their programming, with one of the most controversial being the Muhammad Hassan gimmick.
They wisely dropped that gimmick following the September 11 attacks, however, one thing they are yet to address on television is a WWE superstar’s sexuality.
Obviously, it’s not important, and it shouldn’t be what determines whether they receive a push or not. We’ve seen Pat Patterson reveal that he’s gay on the WWE Network show, Legends House.
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Other stars have also come out over the years, but the most high-profile one being Darren Young when speaking to TMZ. As expected, that managed to become national news as he was still an active in-ring performer for the WWE.
The worst thing the WWE could have done is have Young portray a gay character on television, just because of his personal life. However, speaking to NBC OUT, Stephanie McMahon has revealed that the WWE are planning to integrate LGBT characters on WWE television.
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She said: “Throughout my life, I have grown up knowing gay superstars and executives. It’s always been accepted, but now it’s about getting that message out there.
Both Patterson and Young have been vocal about their sexuality, with Young active on social media and representing the WWE on various media days, while Patterson is releasing a book titled “Accepted” which highlights his struggles.
She added: “It’s about his life as a gay wrestler and how from the beginning of his career he had to hide that. He first came out on a show on the WWE Network called Legends House.
“It was a reality show with a bunch of our legends, and he had such a positive response. It was so warm and supportive that he then decided to tell his story.
“We will integrate LGBT characters into our programming, and I do think there will be an opportunity to integrate some of those storylines in the near future.
“We’ve had GLAAD come in and speak to our entire writing team and give a whole tutorial on sensitivities, the right words, the wrong word and why those words matter. I think that with their guidance and support, we will be able to portray that appropriately.”
This is a huge step forward for the WWE, and it is going to create history for whenever this does come to fruition.
What do you make of the news that we could be set for our first LGBT storyline? Have your say in the comments section below.