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WWE Wrestling Legend Pat Patterson Comes Out In Emotional Video

pat-patterson-classicphotos125-1380569480If you’re a WWE fan, the name Pat Patterson has meant something to you since the ’70s when he had the professional wrestling world in a half nelson.

If you’re like me, you’ll have to Wikipedia him.

Appearing recently on the WWE Network reality TV show Legends’ House, Pat revealed that he’s been living in the closet for the past 50 years and is ready to step out.

No matter how you feel about wrestling, it’s an all-too familiar story of waiting too long to come out (though apparently it was no secret to those close to him) in a stereotypically homophobic environment, and we can certainly sympathize with him there.

Even more notable are the reactions from his friends at the WWE, who offer support and love. It probably helped to have all those cameras rolling too.

Last year, Darren Young became the first WWE wrestler to come out, telling a TMZ reporter, “Look at me. I’m a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”

We hope Pat Patterson is just as happy.

Here’s the clip where he breaks the news:

By:           Dan Tracer
On:           Jun 13, 2014
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  • 20 Comments
    • blondella
      blondella

      Good for him.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • neostud
      neostud

      Congrats!

      Jun 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • masc4masc
      masc4masc

      nice! though i wish he hadn’t broken into tears like a 7 y/o girl. it’s always nice to see masc-oriented guys like Pat and Darren in the spotlight for a change. this community desperately needs more. great story.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kidomega123
      Kidomega123

      I’m pretty sure that was done just for the cameras. Pat Patterson being gay has been known information for ages. But kudos anyway for putting it out there.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sweet Boy
      Sweet Boy

      He forgot to say if he´s a top or a bottom

      Jun 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bryguyf69
      Bryguyf69

      Based on that photo, I guess he was no “spornosexual.”
      http://www.queerty.com/photos-is-spornosexual-the-new-metrosexual-20140611

      Jun 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams
      Derek Williams

      That was exceptional.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bellerophon69
      Bellerophon69

      Awesome! I was wrestling brat as a kid and a teen and I definitely remember Pat Patterson and I always thought he was a hottie; perfect hair! I never knew he was gay, of course at that time very few people knew I was gay, not like I was famous or anything, but back then being out was a LOT more risky than it is today.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • odawg
      odawg

      @masc4masc: You have some SERIOUS issues if you think it’s not masculine to cry. It’s called being a HUMAN BEING. Get into therapy asap!

      Jun 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • money718
      money718

      Huh? Pat Patterson has been out since the 80’s. I knew about him being gay as a kid.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ShowMeGuy
      ShowMeGuy

      While it may be true…it is still the WWE……all staged and faked in the name of ratings.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DickieJohnson
      DickieJohnson

      Good for Pat! I’m not a wrestling fan, but some of those “macho men” are super hot, and surely there’s a bunch of gay ones in their numbers. Pat and Darren are the tip of the iceberg, as in the other sports. Betya most will never come out until retirement, if then, and that’s OK. Not everyone wants their biz known.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snapper59
      Snapper59

      There were plenty of aspiring wrestlers who wished this guy never left his closet. He’s been forever known as a notorious predator, back to the 1970s! I don’t know how much I’d celebrate this guy, ex-wrestlers like “Paul Roma” claim he was basically a very bad person. Like people committing blackmail/suicide bad person.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • patricklee5150
      patricklee5150

      I remember this man from my childhood….yeah, we watched wrestling when I was a kid….this is so cool! Congrats, Mr. Patterson!

      Jun 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reallygoodthings
      reallygoodthings

      So sweet. Enjoy your life and be happy now. You’re free.

      Jun 13, 2014 at 9:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL
      LadyL

      @Snapper59: Not meaning to make excuses for him or anything, but years and years of living in the closet can warp a person’s sense of humanity. They are the initial victims, then they find ways to rationalize victimizing others. I believe Mike Signorile’s book “Queer in America” explores this behavior in a chapter on the closets of power, where he talks about the late Malcolm Forbes among others. And of course we know the Hollywood casting couch was never just about women…

      Jun 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew
      GeriHew

      When I saw this I thought: “Huh? Surely he’s been Out for years.”

      So I took a quick look at his wikipedia page history
      This is from June 2006:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pat_Patterson_%28wrestler%29&oldid=57683189

      Where is states: “Patterson’s homosexuality is considered one of the worst kept secrets in professional wrestling.”

      I guess it was such a poorly kept secret that I didn’t even know it was a “secret”.

      Jun 14, 2014 at 2:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • enlightenone
      enlightenone

      Sad.

      Jun 14, 2014 at 6:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UWSguy
      UWSguy

      I hope he’s happy from now on

      Jun 14, 2014 at 9:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew Yang
      Andrew Yang

      It is very sad yet happy and moving. I wish him all the best!

      Jun 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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