WWE Wrestler Darren Young Comes Out As Gay

WWE Wrestler Darren Young Comes Out As GayNBA veteran Jason Collins took a big step for gay athletes everywhere when he became the first openly gay athlete in a major American sport back in April. Darren Young may have a similar impact on professional wrestling as he made the same announcement in a candid interview with TMZ.

‘Nonchalant manner’

After being asked if a gay wrestler could succeed in WWE, Young casually revealed to the interviewer that he is, in fact, gay.

“Absolutely,” he said. “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 news might be jarring to some, but the nonchalant manner in which Young made his announcement was perhaps the bigger surprise.

There were no bells and whistles involved; Young didn’t call for a news conference or anything of that nature. TMZ is infamous for its ambush interview style, and it appears as though Young’s spot was no different. It seemed like a spontaneous decision on Young’s part, and he should be commended for that.

‘Make a difference’

When asked if he hoped to make a difference by announcing that he is gay, Young admitted that doing so is something that would mean a lot to him.

I hope so. I’m hoping to be able to make a difference. It’s very important to me that people understand that somebody’s sexual preference shouldn’t really matter. It should be about the person.

Do you think there are other gay wrestlers in WWE who will also come out soon? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

Image: Philly

Boy Scouts To Allow Openly Gay Youths To Join

Boy Scouts To Allow Openly Gay Youths To JoinOpenly gay youths will be allowed to join scouting, a historic decision the Boy Scouts of America says will keep it unclouded by “a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue.”

‘Sexual conduct’

More than 60% of the group’s 1,400-member national council voted Thursday at an annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, for the change, which takes effect Jan. 1.

“No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” says the resolution.

The BSA, however, will maintain its ban on gay adult leaders.

“The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” the 103-year-old organization said in a statement after the vote.

‘To serve every kid’

BSA President Wayne Perry said the vote came after “an extensive dialogue within the scouting family (that) was exhaustive and … very respectful.”

“No matter how you feel about this issue, kids are better off in scouting,” Perry told reporters. “Our mission is to serve every kid.”

Reaction from interest groups to Thursday’s vote was swift. The Human Rights Campaign said the BSA took a “historic step forward.” Scouts for Equality and GLAAD lauded the BSA’s “commitment to creating a more inclusive organization.”

Conservative groups and some religious organizations argued against making any change in the membership policy, saying it would dilute the Boy Scout message of morality and potentially destroy the organization.

Are you for or against the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay youths to join? Why or why not?

Source: Phil Gast. Greg Botelho and Devon M. Sayers, CNN

Image: The Christian Science Monitor