Pro wrestler Matt Hullum, (performs under the stage name "Money" Matt Cage), has come out as gay in a Facebook post titled "Here goes nothing."
At this writing the post has received over 355 Likes and over 140 comments - the vast majority of which are supportive.
One of the biggest fears in my life has been rejection. I'm not sure why. I was never the most popular kid in school or in my neighborhood, but I always had a plethora of friends in many different cliques. I was never really rejected by anyone that I hung out with in one clique for hanging out with people in another, yet I always feared being rejected. But as I've grown older and continued down the road of adulthood, I have discovered that I truly don't care as much about rejection anymore. And I why should I? My friends will like me for me, flaws and all. My family will love me for me. My peers will respect me for my work. And complete strangers can think whatever they want, because they're strangers and they don't know me.
That being said, it makes it much easier to post here publicly that I'm gay.
For the longest time, I claimed that I was bisexual. When I privately came out to people that already know, I told them that this was the case. And it was. However, I have no real intentions of pursuing females at this stage of my life. I still find beautiful women beautiful. I don't think that'll ever change. But I think that to continue to claim something that's not true is just continuing a streak dishonesty and I don't want that. Sorry, ladies. I'm officially pulling myself off of the market. Don't hate me too bad.
To many of my closest friends, they've known since the tail end of 2013 when I began the process of telling the people who I felt should know. Some of them "knew" for much longer due to their own assumptions or beliefs. My parents know and they support me. That should be enough, honestly. But still, the speculation that comes from one's private life always seems to make it's way into the professional atmosphere and that's unfair to me. I truly have nothing to hide anymore. I spent the majority of my life lying, hiding and depressed because I felt like I couldn't truly be who I wanted to be and live freely as I saw fit. I had to act and that's not me. I, nor anyone else, should have to do that.
Read the full post at the link.
As mentioned, the vast majority of the comments (including those from fellow pro-wrestlers) have been positive.
Here's just a few:
- Major props to you my friend. Takes a lot of courage to even post what you did. Glad we got to hang out a bit when I was out there. Your a hell of a guy and wrestler brother. Glad to have you as a peer and co worker. Keep killing it out there homie. Hopefully see ya soon!
- I'm ridiculously proud to work with you and respect you beyond any length of the imagination. Keep being you and doing amazing things. Super love you dude.
- Congratulations on being free to fully express yourself publicly, even if it's just a small part of who you are as a person. If anything, people should respect you more for having the courage to come out. It also might help some kids struggling with their feelings, who look up to you and cheer for you in the ring, to feel like they could be safe to do the same.
- Big ups to you man I don't know you personally but I'm a fan of your work and would like to work you one day. That being said glad that your happy man and continue to be that way. You being yourself is hard to do these days
- I've been a fan of yours for awhile now. Your work in the ring is flawless! Outside of the ring you are one of the nicest guys I've ever met and had the privilege to consider my friend. I am so proud of you and you are without a doubt one of the strongest people I've ever met. Love ya Cage!
- Good for you Matt Cage. If anyone of the boys has an issue then they're not one of the boys. I've never gotten the chance to work with you unfortunately but we're a big family. That's really what professional wrestling is. Proud of you brother.
- I respected the hell out of you before, and i respect the hell out of you now. Still mad i never got the chance to kick you in the face. Being true to yourself is the purest form of living. Im proud of you. I hope all is well.