WWE Sees Opportunities to ‘Integrate LGBT Storylines’ In Near Future
August 12, 2016 - WWE
But if WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon has anything to contend about it, happy wrestlers like Patterson won’t have to censor their loyal selves as partial of the WWE anymore.
Speaking during a Beyond Sport United event, McMahon told NBC OUT that her association is committed to LGBT inclusion relocating forward.
“When it creates sense, positively we will confederate LGBT characters into a programming,” she pronounced backstage. While a WWE doesn’t have approaching plans, McMahon believes there will be an event for an LGBT storyline in a “near future.”
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McMahon pronounced a LGBT community has always been supposed during a WWE. “Throughout my life we have grown adult meaningful happy [WWE] superstars and executives,” she said. “It’s always been accepted, though now it’s about removing that summary out there.”
She also pronounced attraction toward a LGBT village is being prioritized in a WWE writer’s room by a partnership with LGBT media advocacy classification GLAAD.
“We’ve had GLAAD come in and pronounce to a whole essay group and give a whole educational on sensitivities, a right words, a wrong word [and] since those difference matter,” she explained. “In terms of any issues that need a grade of attraction in terms of how they’re being handled, we are always going to incorporate a partners, like GLAAD, to assistance us tell those stories a right way, since we do wish to be supportive to a audience, we wish to be supportive to a village and we wish to make certain that we’re revelation a right messages in a right way.”
Patterson – who was inducted into a WWE Hall of Fame in 1996 – came out in 2014 in a culmination of a WWE existence uncover Legends’ House.
Sitting during a list with his associate former wrestlers, Patterson certified that he “survived all this being gay.”
“I’ve lived with that for 50-some years,” Patterson said, before adding his life outward of a ring enclosed a partner of 40 years, who upheld divided after a heart attack.
“I’m so unapproachable of me,” he pronounced while wiping divided tears. “It’s tough guys, it was tough.”
Talking to a camera, Patterson combined he has no regrets about giving his life to a wrestling business. “For a rest of my life we wish to be happy,” he said.