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Wrestling Legend Hulk Hogan Says Wrestling Has Dropped 'Barbaric Mindset' About Gays

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Wrestling legend and former reality star Hulk Hogan said in a recent interview that the wrestling industry has moved past the "barbaric mindset" which once made it unsafe for athletes to be openly gay reports Huffington PostInterviewers asked Hogan in an in-person meeting about the spate of professional athletes, including World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Darren Young, who have come out in recent years.

Said Hogan:

"At least for me -- and I can only speak from my heart -- I've got people all around me who are gay, so it's not an issue with me. I think the whole world feels like that now."

Hogan's optimistic thoughts about the state of LGBT individuals around the world is far from accurate however, various areas of American sports are seeing a rise in gay athletes coming out. Jason Collins continued his career with the NBA after coming out in April 2013 and Michael Sam, GQ's Man of the Year, entered into the NFL as well, albeit suffering setbacks. In the sport of wrestling, WWE's Darren Young revealed his sexual orientation just last year. Hogan never viewed homosexuality as abnormal and met several gay wrestlers around the world.

Said Hogan:

"There are several wrestlers in Japan who are gay. I've just never looked at it as anything weird. It was normal."

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 2.45.42 PMWWE now partners with GLAAD, formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, on their programs including the "Be a Star," anti-bullying campaign. Wrestler Pat Patterson, a longtime wrestler and friend of Hogan's, came out this year in June on the WWE reality series Legends House, tearfully sharing his long-standing fear that news of his homosexuality would end his sports entertainment career. However, Hogan has known of Patterson's sexuality since 1976.

Said Hogan:

"I knew Pat was gay back in 1976, when he helped me start wrestling. Whenever I see Pat, I give him a big hug and kiss. He's my guy!

"Back when Pat was wrestling, he was afraid to be who he really is -- or was meant to be -- because of all this stuff he inherited from society. You're supposed to be this tough wrestler.' 'You're supposed to be this good-looking, platinum blonde champion who goes out and dates the best looking women.' 'You're supposed to be this.' 'You're supposed to be that.' But that's not true! Pat Patterson is supposed to be who he's meant to be, not who people think he should be, if that makes any sense."

Although Hogan believes the wrestling industry is now re-educated against stereotypes, 1980s wrestling was rife with harmful stereotypes about "savage Africans," and "evil gays." Watch Hulk Hogan take on the "Adorable" Adrian Adonis, wrestler Keith A. Franke's flamboyant gay caricature and persona, in the 1986 WWF Title bout, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Wrestling Legend Pat Patterson Comes Out as Gay: VIDEO

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Wrestling fans making their opinions known on social media and those in the business say they've known WWE legend Pat Patterson is gay for years, but he came out officially on an episode of the WWE reality show Legends' House that aired last night.

Said Patterson: "For once in my life I'm going to be me now. I survived all this being gay. I lived with that for 50 some years. I had a friend with me for 40 years and I lost him...it was tough guys. It was tough."

As Bleacher Report notes, the show was filmed in 2012 but the announcement didn't become public until last night.

Watch the emotional moment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Stone Cold' Steve Austin Is Enthusiastically In Support Of Gay Marriage: AUDIO

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Professional wrestling isn't exactly known for being especially gay friendly - which is a bit ironic for a form of entertainment that involves two or more oiled up muscle men in spandex playing a game of "Who's on top" - and wrestlers often regard homosexuals as a punchline at best and with violent hostility at worst. One of the biggest names in pro wrestling, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, not only doesn't share the homophobic tendencies of some of his compatriots but actually supports gay marriage. Said Stone Cold on his podcast from last year (which is just now making the internet rounds):

I don't give a s--t if two guys, two gals, guy-gal, whatever it is, I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the goddamn world, that wants to be married, and if it's same-sex, more power to 'em.

He also calls out religious hypocrisy and questions the "evil" of gay marriage.

OK, so two cats can't get married if they want to get married, but then a guy can go murder 14 people, molest five kids, then go to f--king prison, and accept God and He's going to let him into heaven? After the fact that he did all that s--t? See that's all horses--t to me, that don't jive with me.

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

You can find the full show - episode #29, "The Ranchers Way" - at PodcastOne.

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John Cena Has A Gay Brother: VIDEO

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On a recent episode of E!'s reality show Total Divas viewers learned that WWE Superstar John Cena has a gay brother. The show follows the lives of twin female wrestlers Nikki and Brie Bella, a.k.a. The Bella Twins. On the episode in question, Nikki, who has been dating John Cena since at least November 2012 according to TMZ, joined Cena for a rare gathering of his entire family. Among the clan come to break bread were John Cena's brother Steve and his partner Darlando. Other than providing a screen caption introducing Steve and Darlando, the episode of Divas did not provide any additional focus on them or their relationship with Cena.

Cena landed in hot water back in 2011 over homophobic jokes and comments he directed at The Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson) which prompted the WWE to form a partnership with GLAAD in an effort to "ensure that [their] fans know that WWE is against bullying or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation." However, last month, after fellow WWE Superstar Darren Young unexpectedly came out to TMZ at LAX, Cena offered his congratulations.

Check out a video of Cena congratulating Young and talking about his gay brother along with a clip from Total Divas that shows Steven and Darlando AFTER THE JUMP...

Steven does a killer impression of Stewie from Family Guy that's not to be missed.

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Wrestling Restored to the Summer Olympics

Wrestling has been restored to the Olympics, the NYT reports:

WrestlingChastened by calls to modernize its leadership and energize its matches, wrestling changed its rules, created more weight classes for women and easily prevailed over squash and a combined bid by baseball and softball.

Wrestling received 49 votes, compared with 24 for baseball/softball and 22 for squash in voting by delegates of the Olympic committee. The vote guaranteed that freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling would be contested at least through the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2024 Olympics, which have yet to be awarded.

Last February, in what was seen as a wake-up call, the 15-member executive board of the I.O.C. removed wrestling from the core sports of the Summer Games after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

If you'll remember, at the time Russian wrestling coach Vladimir Uruimagov blamed the sport's ejection from the Olympics on — you guessed it! Masculinity-hating gays.

“If they expel wrestling now, that means that gays will soon run the whole world,” said Uruimagov, saying it was "a blow to masculine origins. Uruimagov added: "It turns out this committee is headed by representative of these [sexual] minorities."

Uruimagov added: "It is necessary for millions around the world who understand that this is a man’s sport and who understand the need to continue the human race to go out and explain their position to the Olympic Committee. We should prove and explain that in any other case there is no future."


WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out: VIDEO

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As mentioned yesterday, when arriving at LAX, WWE superstar Darren Young was asked by TMZ whether a gay man could succeed in the WWE to which Young responded, “Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE superstar and, to be honest with you, I’m gay." The confession caught the camera-man off guard, as CNN notes:

"Man, that's in ... that's ... sorry. I'm kinda' of flabbergasted man. I think ... I didn't know and obviously I think that's just ... I commend your bravery," the cameraman said.

"I don't think it matters. Does it matter? Does it matter to you?...Does it change what you think about me?" Young rhetorically asked after making the statement.

"Not an iota," TMZ's cameraman said. "In fact I commend you even more that you would share something so beautiful and personal with me."

"We're all adults. All sports are physical. When I come to work, I come to work," Young said. "Business is business...Some people might not like it, and some people will like it."

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. offered its support of Young following his statement: "[The] WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar." HRC notes that fellow WWE superstar John Cena has since congratulated Young on coming out.

Young seems to be focused on the impact his actions can have on others, telling TMZ, "I’m hoping to be able to make a difference...It’s very important to me that people understand that someone’s sexual preference doesn’t really matter. It’s about the person." The WWE also commented that Young was planning to spend Thursday at an anti-bullying event "to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation."

Young is only the second professional wrestler to come out, following former wrestler Chris Kanyon who tragically took his own life in 2010.

Check out Young's conversation with TMZ along with a clip of him in action AFTER THE JUMP...

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