Darren Young is the first WWE Superstar to announce his sexuality.

Darren Young is the first WWE Superstar to announce his sexuality. Photo Courtesy of nydailynews.com.

By: Jessie Castellanos, Sports Editor.

            It seems as though humans are finally beginning to put an end to the resistance against human nature; not being stuck in conservative mindsets and choosing instead to progress. One of the most natural things, in fact, is for humans to evolve and ideally move forward towards understanding our environment, each other, and ourselves. Is it safe to suggest, then, that taking steps in the direction of human equality seems only right? For us as the human race, to accept who we are and who others are is a step in doing exactly that.

             Jason Collins is an NBA center and first currently active athlete in major American sports to announce that he is gay. With fear of potentially facing ridicule and losing opportunities in his career, he stood up and declared, “I’m gay”.  Surprisingly enough, across the nation most of America answered back “And we still love you.” We may not all have uttered those exact words, but the overall support received from the American public, media, fellow athletes, and most importantly, his fans, expressed this without a doubt.

        This is extremely significant because it allows others to follow in his footsteps, which they have. WWE Superstar Darren Young is yet another courageous male athlete to announce that he is a homosexual. While waiting for his luggage in an airport carousel, he was asked by a cameraman, “Do you think a gay athlete can make it in the WWE?” Young’s response: “Absolutely. Look at me, ya know? 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 cameraman was in shock. Young continued, “ I don’t think it matters. Does it matter? Does it matter to you? Does it change what you think about me?”

        Wise words from a very wise man; we must ask all ask ourselves these questions if we have not already: Does it matter? Does it matter to you? Does being homosexual really affect an athlete’s performance? Does someone’s sexual orientation really change the way you see your fellow humans, your friends, and your family? At the expense of not being able to be yourself or find what makes you happy? What drives us to be uncomfortable with this issue, really? When it all comes down to it, we are all human; all made of the same things, and America’s response to this issue has certainly shown us taking a step in a more forward-thinking direction.