#TransVisibility - Why We Will Never Have WWE Heroes

Today, on National Coming Out Day, I want to hit a subject very close to home: why Transgender individuals such as myself will never have the chance to be fairly represented in WWE. Now, I know this may be a bit controversial, but if you can't have a civil opinion and debate on what I will say below, then I need to ask you go ahead and leave this article now.

Now, when I say that we will never be fairly represented, I don't mean from a booking a character or storyline perspective, though considering examples in the past such as Billy & Chuck's "gay" angle, Big Vito being portrayed as a cross dresser, or Chyna's initial treatment and usage in a sort of transgender role (just look at her theme lyrics for that), that feels like it would be a severely unlikely chance that it would be handled appropriately no matter how many assurances we have from Stephanie McMahon to the contrary. No, what I mean is actual representation, as in a transgender individual actually competing for the WWE. To put it simply, because of WWE's Wellness Policy and the selective enforcement therein (Hi Paige!), transgender individuals wouldn't even get a foot in the door, much less be able to keep a job in the company if they came out and began transitioning while employed there. Almost every drug or hormone that a trans person needs to be able to transition is on the banned substances list in the Wellness Policy. Testosterone replacement? Check. Estrodiol? Check. Spirolactone? Big checks there! Estrogen blockers? Big time, unless you're Brock Lesnar! So with everything we medically need banned by WWE, unless they were gracious enough to grant an exemption for it, we couldn't even get past the initial medical evaluation process. And even if they did allow it, WWE has proven time and again that they will literally throw your prescription out the door and fail you if you even have a trace of heat in the locker room. So we have no way to get a hero, someone we can look at on the TV each week and know that if we wanted to be a Superstar, we could be. Not unless there is a true paradigm shift in WWE's regular mentality. And while for others, that may not seem like a big deal, imagine for yourself having a child or being a transgender teenager or young adult. We have very few and far between persons we can idolize. And in sports, far fewer. If WWE could get past this barrier first, it could make a world of change. It may make it much easier for young men and women to come out and feel accepted if a worldwide media organization would actually give a trans person a chance to shine on the Grandest Stage of Them All.

  • Jesse Elizabeth Sherwood

    And I’m going to reiterate what I said before: I know this is a controversial topic for some people. That being said, please keep the debate and discussion civil and on topic.

  • Darkman

    I will be very civil, I don’t want transgender people in WWE, I don’t want gay angles in WWE , I don’t care if you ever have anyone to idolize and I don’t think it’s up to the WWE to help you with that either. Your not special, your not hero’s and just because you think so does not mean you belong in every TV show or movie, you don’t just want to belong you want to be applauded for every word you say or act you complete the world needs ditch diggers too, grab a shovel dear.

  • “BIG M” Adams.

    Discussion on this subject is welcome (so long as its civil and on topic) however ZERO personal attacks directed at this articles author will be tolerated!!!

  • Stinkweed

    You’ve brought up some interesting points, things that I had not even considered. Definitely food for thought, and I’d love to see how WWE would address the issue in response.

  • Pedro Moreno Pacheco

    tough topic. and it opens a lot of questions. it will be safe for a trangerder person to be in a ring during their treatment? and after that…in wich division you will put him? because right now men on woman violence is a big NO in wrestling and a transgender could make things even more complicated. and hoinestly i dont think we will see a transgender division in decades. even when id love a mixed division with guys like TJP or Brian Kendric going toe to toe with sasha or charlotte i dont think we will ever see it. maybe the first transgender will be in a non wrestling role like a manager or something.
    right now i dont trust the wwe to handle homosexuals the right way. even less a transgender. its sad but i think the industry is not ready yet.

    • Stinkweed

      Lucha Underground has men and women wrestling each other, as do some of the smaller companies, like Chikara (who had a woman win the championship of their whole division).

      I think there are definitely places where a transgender athlete could fit in, without it being *about* the fact that they are transgender.

      • Pedro Moreno Pacheco

        interesting i didnt know that. its a good sign

        • Stinkweed

          Seeing men and women wrestle each other can be a little jarring at first, but remembering that it’s scripted helps — and the fact that in both of those productions, the women give as much as they get and hold titles fairly often.

  • Dave Barton

    I don’t treat anyone differently based on their gender identity, sexual preference, who they love, who they marry, etc, etc. I have gay/lesbian/bi family members & friends, and all I care about in regards to their relationships is that they’re happy.

    That being said, I don’t feel it’s any entertainment company’s duty to make certain that every possible demographic is represented or highlighted in some way. For one thing, there are just too many demographics to make sure they all get equal air time and equal treatment. If a company wants do it, fine by me. If they don’t, also fine by me. If they wanna do it with respect, fine by me. If they wanna do it with disrespect….ok, ya got me, I’ll have a harder time taking their product seriously or wanting to support it.

    But we’re not forced as fans of any form of entertainment to watch or enjoy everything presented to us. Brokeback Mountain for instance? I was glad to know that a movie catering to a positive gay relationship was available for those who wanted to see it, but I have no interest in seeing it. It’s not what I look for in entertainment. I’m also not a fan of war movies, because I just prefer watching comedy as far as movies go. Doesn’t mean I’m against war movies or that I feel a need to stand up and protest them.

    So as far as I’m concerned, WWE can go ahead and try it or they can choose not to try it, and it won’t likely affect my overall opinion of their product. I’ve been a fan for almost 40 years now, and the only time I walked away due to a single incident was WM9 when Hogan got handed his 5th title without any storyline buildup. It was clearly a backstage political decision and I was just completely turned off by it. Once he dropped the belt & left the company, I came back. And likewise, anyone who chooses to abandon the WWE product as a fan, that’s their decision and their right to do so.

    • Jesse Elizabeth Sherwood

      Dave, that is a fantastic response, and thank you for reading and thanking the time to craft it.