WWE referee Shawn Bennett served up his own special National Coming Out Day post beginning with “Oh yea, I’m gay.”
Bennett, who is one of the referees on WWE’s flagship show “Raw,” shared his rainbow journey from closeted teen to living out loud amid the world of pro wrestling.
Bennett started at the very beginning (a very good place to start):
“I started refereeing at age 14. I did my best to suppress any and all homosexual thoughts before and after that for a long time. I didn’t come to my own full realization about myself until early twenties. That’s when I knew it was the way of life that would make me happy. As cliche as it sounds, I feel I was born this way.”
He shared that, while he’s been out to those in his immediate circle since his early 20s, he didn’t share those details at work preferring to stay closeted.
“I spent my first 10 years involved in pro wrestling terrified of my own sexuality. I was convinced that I would never be successful if people knew I was gay. Those were fears that I made up in my head.”
Bennett went on to say, “I’m proud of who I am, what I’ve accomplished, where my life is headed, and my way of life. Like everyone else, at the end of the day I just want to be happy, to give and receive love, both to myself and others.”
You can read the full post below. Congrats to Shawn!