WWE is an inclusive company and they support their staff and talent in their personal journeys. WWE referee Shawn Bennett just made a life-changing announcement as he came out of the closet as a gay man.

Bennett took to social media and let everyone know about this big moment in his life. He has lived as a gay man, in the closet, for far too long and he celebrated National Coming Out Day by telling his own truth.

You can read the heartfelt caption that he put on Instagram below.

Happy National Coming Out Day!

Oh yea, I’m gay.
There’s the answer to the question I get asked most on social media.

This should come as little surprise to those that know me, but I’ve never actually said it publicly before.

To put my life in perspective, I started refereeing at age 14. I did my best to suppress any and all homosexual thoughts before and after that for a long time. I once long term dated a woman and for a while, tried to live my life that way. I didn’t come to my own full realization about myself until early 20s. That’s when I knew it was the way of life that would make me happy. As cliche as it sounds, I feel I was born this way.

I came out to friends and family in my late twenties. That’s when I stopped hiding it, but would never put myself out there in anyway. People that knew, knew. People that asked, I would be truthful with. There are still important people in my life that I have never literally told.

I spent my first 10 years involved in pro wrestling terrified of my own sexuality. I was convinced that I would never be successful if people knew I was gay. Those were fears that I made up in my head.

Once I got to WWE, I would continue to keep to myself as much as possible. When discussing relationships around people that were not in my close circle, I would talk in a way that would hide the sex of whoever I was talking about. I would even pretend to be single when I wasn’t, just to avoid talking about my past partner.

I’ve lived my dream multiple times over since then and I feel more strongly about sharing myself with everyone now more than ever. The fact that I haven’t been public meant that I was still hiding behind a mask. This post takes a ton of weight off of my shoulders. This post crumbles the wall that I’ve had up for so long and removes the mask.

I’m proud of who I am, what I’ve accomplished, where my life is headed, and my way of life. Like everyone else, at the end of the day I just want to be happy, to give and receive love, both to myself and others.

Representation is important.
Always face your fears.
Always chase your dreams.
Above all, always be yourself.
It’s worth it.

We’re very happy for Shawn Bennett as he made this announcement. He can now live openly without the fear of keeping anything hidden. It can be grueling to lead a double life, but he does not need to worry about that anymore.

We can only hope that others, who are in the same situation, will see Bennett’s post and be inspired by his bravery.

Congratulations to Shawn Bennett from everyone here at Ringside News!

Felix Upton

Felix Upton has been writing professionally since 1989. His first writing job was penning advertisements for local newspapers around New York. After selling his grandfather’s pinball repair shop back in 2017, he was hired on for publish news for Ringside News.

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