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.