On 11th October, the LGBTQ + community celebrated the Coming Out Day, which is the day in which the liberation from a considerable weight is celebrated, with all the members of the community who have reminded the whole world when each of them has his orientation revealed to the whole world.
Among the many who wanted to speak on this subject, always delicate, but increasingly important to eliminate any kind of discrimination and exclusion from society, there was also a WWE referee, who wanted to make his official coming out, in front of fans, friends and acquaintances, through his social networks.
We are talking about Shawn Bennett, WWE referee for several years, who many did not know was gay. With a long dedicated message on Instagram, WWE official Shawn Bennett wanted to reveal that he was gay.
Shawn Bennett has been one of the main referees in WWE
With a naturalness, Shawn Bennett said, “Happy Coming Out Day!
Oh yes, I’m gay. This is the answer to the question that has been asked the most on social media. This might come as a surprise to anyone who knows me, but I’ve never said it publicly before. To put my life into perspective, I started arbitrage at 14.
I tried my best to try to suppress all homos*xual thoughts before and after for a long time. I even dated a woman once for a while, tried to live my life that way. I didn’t reach my maximum realization until I was 20. It was there that I realized what life would be that made me happy.
It may sound like a cliché, but I feel like I was born from that day. I came out to friends and family in my late 20s. It was there that I stopped hiding, but I never came out completely. People who knew, knew. People asked and I would have been true in answering.
There are still important people in my life that I hadn’t said absolutely anything to. I spent my first 10 years involved in pro-wrestling being terrified of my s*xuality. I was convinced that I would never be successful if people knew I was gay.
Those were fears I had in my head. Once I got to WWE, I continued to keep everything to myself as much as possible. When I talked about my relationships with people who weren’t in my inner circle of friends, I always spoke in a way that hid the gender of the person I was talking about.
Many times I also said I was single when I didn’t want to talk about my past partners. I have lived my dream several times since then and I feel stronger by showing others myself, more and more. The fact of not having made it public did nothing but make me hide behind a mask.
This post took a lot of weight off my shoulders. This post broke down the wall that had long been raised and removed my mask. I am proud of who I am, what I have achieved, where my life has come from, and my way of life. Like everyone else, at the end of the game, I just want to be happy, to give and receive love, both to myself and to others.
Representation is important. Always face your fears. Always embrace your dreams. Above all, always be yourself. It’s worth it.”