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This transgender teen just found hope from his biggest sporting hero

This transgender teen just found hope from his biggest sporting hero

Samuel Cray

Samuel Cray came out as transgender in September last year.

The 17-year-old Canadian teenager told Gay Star News he feels ‘extremely blessed’ with how things have turned out.

Cray said: ‘I’ve always dreamed of being “one of the guys” and now that I’m out and can be who I really am, I have been happier, healthier, and my self esteem has sky rocketed.’

Cray self-identifies as ‘very masculine’ and also adores sports.

So when he tweeted one of his favorite pro-wrestlers, Cody Rhodes, he didn’t really expect him to respond.

Cray asked: ‘Do you think I could make it as a wrestler being a part of the Transgender (youth) community?’

And within minutes, he got a response.

Cray told Gay Star News: ‘When he answered it, I was in shock and then I started to cry happy tears.

‘His passion and drive for the sport inspires me and for him to respond – in such a positive manner – was overwhelming,’ he said.

Fans react to the tweet

The message from Rhodes is clear – transgender wrestlers are welcome in the professional wrestling arena.

Fans took to reddit to comment on the news.

One said: ‘I would like to say, as a male-to-female trans girl, I am really happy with 99% of the responses on this thread.

‘It makes me happy that most people here are OK with trans-folk,’ she wrote.

Another wrote: ‘I’m a transgender woman who has considered getting wrestling training for a while but I’ve always been too scared.

‘Hearing this come from someone so big is actually really encouraging,’ she wrote.

Cody Rhodes, professional wrestler samuel cray
Cody Rhodes, professional wrestler Cody Rhodes/Twitter

Rhodes is a second generation wrestler, son to wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes.

Samuel Cray is incredibly honored to receive such a positive response: ‘Of course it has inspired me!’

‘Seeing him answer and say “Hey, you can make it” sends an extremely positive message to us considering homophobia and transphobia are still a huge issue within any sport.

‘I’ve been thinking more seriously about the pro wrestling scene.

‘Its always been in the back in my head since I was ten,’ Cray said.