WWE To Add LGBT Characters To Their Storylines And Teams With GLAAD [Video]

Carter Lee

On August 9, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon spoke at the Beyond Sport United event and took a stand with the LGBT community. Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes and celebrates the use of sport to address social issues in communities worldwide. The event was backed by major sports leagues like the NFL, MLB, NHL, and WWE, among others, and was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to Stephanie McMahon, numerous speakers took the stage including Mauricio Sulaiman (World Boxing Council President) and Ithaca Mayor Svante L. Myrick.

— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) August 16, 2013

— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) August 15, 2013

"Throughout my life I have grown up knowing gay [WWE] superstars and executives...It's always been accepted, but now it's about getting that message out there.

"It's about his [Patterson] life as a gay wrestler and how from the beginning of his career he had to hide that…He first came out … on a show on WWE Network called 'Legends' House.' It was a reality show with a bunch of our legends, and he had such a positive response. It was so warm and supportive that he then decided to tell his story."

"It's about his [Patterson] life as a gay wrestler and how from the beginning of his career he had to hide that…He first came out … on a show on WWE Network called 'Legends' House.' It was a reality show with a bunch of our legends, and he had such a positive response. It was so warm and supportive that he then decided to tell his story."

"We've had GLAAD come in and speak to our entire writing team and give a whole tutorial on sensitivities, the right words, the wrong word [and] why those words matters...I think that with their guidance and support, we will be able to portray that [LGBT storyline] appropriately."
"WWE is a strong partner for the LGBT community, and we are so pleased to see the company standing up for LGBT North Carolinians and against this discriminatory law... It's time for Governor McCrory and the state's leaders to heed the calls of citizens, as well as the business and entertainment industries, and abandon this misguided decision to write hate into law."

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