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Openly Gay Wrestler Darren Young Talks Positive Coming Out Experience

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday January 4, 2021

Fred Rosser, aka Darren Young
Fred Rosser, aka Darren Young  (Source:realfredrosser / Instagram)

Openly gay WWE wrestler Darren Young — known off the matt by his real name Fred Rosser — recently shared his largely positive coming out experience as a professional sportsman, Instinct Magazine reports.

Speaking with The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast, Young praised the support of fellow wrestler Randy Orton, saying:

"Once I came out, he was one of the guys that passed me in the hallway the day after I came out, and he gave me a hug. He said, 'Hey man, if you have any issue, you let me know, and I'll take care of anyone in the locker room.' Him and CM Punk were top guys that said those exact words and Randy, from then on, was my heart."

Orton's support made Young feel good knowing a respected colleague had his back. The two have also appeared on social media together in posts Young hashtags #moneyshot and #BLOCKTHEHATE in order to combat homophobia.

Young is currently singed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and has also indulged in some work as a thespian — making 2020 a banner year for the wrestler/actor. "I did my first ever musical earlier this year. It's been a great year for me, and I've done some little stuff in between, some little roles here out in LA that I posted on my social media. I can't tell you about it off my head because I just do them, and then move on to the next one."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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