WWE is an inclusive company that supports their staff and talent in their personal journey. WWE referee Shawn Bennett made a life-changing announcement when he came out of the closet as a lesbian.
Bennett took to social media and let everyone know this momentous moment of their lives. He was gay, lived long in the closet and celebrated National Coming Out Day by telling his own truth.
You can read the heartfelt caption they put on Instagram below.
Best wishes for National Outing Day!
Oh, I’m gay.
There is an answer to the question I ask myself on social media.
This may come as a bit of a surprise to those who know me, but I’ve never said it publicly.
To put my life in perspective, I started refereeing at age 14. I tried my best to suppress any and all homosexual thoughts before and after that. I once dated a woman for a long time and for a while, tried to live my life that way. I was not fully aware of myself until the early 20s. I knew then that it was a way of life that would make me happy. As clichೆಯ as it sounds, I feel like I was born this way.
I came to friends and family in my late twenties. At that point I stopped hiding it, but never let myself out. People who know, know. Listen people, I am being truthful. There are so many great people in my life that I have not said yet.
I spent my first 10 years in pro wrestling, fearing my own sexuality. I was convinced that I would never succeed if people knew I was gay. Those are the fears I put in my head.
Once I get to WWE, I will continue to save myself as much as I can. When discussing relationships around people who are not in my close circle, I speak in a way that obscures the gender of who I am. I pretend to be alone when I am not there to avoid talking about my former spouse.
I have lived my dream many times since then, and I feel more right about sharing myself with everyone now than ever before. Not being in public means I am still hiding behind a mask. This post takes a ton of weight off my shoulders. This post is about removing a mask that breaks the wall I have had so far.
I am proud of who I am, what I have accomplished, where my life is going and my way of life. Like everyone else, at the end of the day I want to be happy, to love and accept myself and others.
Representation is important.
Always face your fears.
Always chase your dreams.
Above all, always be yourself.
It was worth it.
We are so happy when Shawn Bennett makes this announcement. He can now live openly without fear of covering up anything. It may be difficult to live a double life, but he doesn’t have to worry about it anymore.
We can only hope that others in the same situation will see Bennett’s post and be inspired by his courage.