John Cena On Standing Up For His Gay Brother

In a recent episode of Dax Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert,” former professional wrestler turned actor John Cena opened up about his deep-rooted support for the LGBTQIA+ community, citing his experiences defending his older gay brother, Stephen, from bullies during their childhood in Massachusetts.

Reflecting on his brother’s challenges growing up gay in the 1980s, Cena described Stephen as an “introvert” and a “true nerd,” facing adversity due to his sexuality and unique character traits. Cena recounted moments where he bravely stood up for his brother despite risking physical altercations.

Not only was he an introvert and interested in computers, he’s also gay. And being gay in the 80s in a small town in Massachusetts. Man, that’s an uphill climb, was he? Out. Gosh, no. He just had a lot of character traits that weren’t in the cool kid group. And he’s also holding this secret that he can’t tell or talk to anybody about. And I really feel for what it must have been like for him growing up.


Addressing the unconventional dynamic of defending an older sibling, Cena explained how his protective instincts kicked in from a young age, driven by a desire to shield Stephen from harm. He emphasized the importance of solidarity within their close-knit group of friends, forming a supportive community that prioritized inclusivity and acceptance.

Throughout his career, Cena has consistently used his platform to advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights. His unwavering commitment to allyship underscores his dedication to fostering a more inclusive and compassionate society.

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And who can forget Cena’s memorable scene alongside Amy Schumer in the film ‘Trainwreck,’ a testament to his commitment to breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes.

Beyond his advocacy, Cena’s portrayal of supportive characters on screen, coupled with his genuine empathy and understanding, solidifies his role as a beacon of hope and allyship for the LGBTQIA+ community. As we celebrate Cena’s impactful contributions, both on and off the screen, let’s recognize him as the ally we need and deserve in the ongoing fight for equality and acceptance.

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