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Stephanie McMahon Says WWE Will Incorporate LGBT Storylines in the Future

Stephanie McMahon was not in attendance for this week’s Monday Night RAW because she was speaking at the Beyond Sport United conference in New York City. While there Stephanie spoke with NBC OUT to express the WWE’s commitment to LGBT storytelling in the future:

“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.”

“We will integrate LGBT characters into our programming … and I do think there will be an opportunity to integrate some of those storylines in the near future.”

Stephanie also noted that the WWE has brought in GLAAD for sensitivity training:

“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,” Stephanie explained. “I think that with their guidance and support, we will be able to portray that [LGBT storyline] appropriately.”

(All transcribed quotes courtesy of NBC News)

  • Mister Who

    Your right I stopped watching WWE once again two years ago, I have said this several times before in some other articles that WWE is becoming crappier than ever, PG is so ridiculous

  • Hunter_13

    darren young is gay, no need for straight people playing gays… and Young is the only one who went public, maybe there is one or two more superstars who are gay but still in the closet…

  • Vince Russo

    They can do a storyline where John Cena sleeps with Darren Young ( aka Black Cena). That way, they can incorporate race AND gayness in one bombastic angle!

  • Pat

    i can see it now…… the so called one million moms group is going to boycott wwe now, mark my words, all the anti lgbt groups are gonna be screaming about this, because you know how many kids watch this stuff, so they will claim they are marketing gayness to kids or some other insane bull, while this is a good idea in theory, wwe is just gonna screw it up

  • TheBossy83

    well I’m gay and I can’t think of what will be the storyline…”Oh My god you slept with my bf! let’s have a pillow fight for the Divas title at Wrestlemania”

  • Will Henderson

    knowing WWE, the LGBT characters will either be like 1996 era Goldust or 2002 Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo. WWE always ha a history of doing gay gimmicks that are bad for the LGBT and piss of pro-LGBT groups.

  • jack

    cant wait to see how terrible it is.. so since the wrestlers are acting and playing characters, can we expect and uproar from LGBT supporters if the gay characters are played by straight people? and do we really need transgender characters in wrestling?

  • MrDr3w

    So they’re bringing back HLA?

  • Armitage Soulshroude

    GLBT storylines are going to kill the WWE. It’s supposed to be about wrestling, not about politics.