Pro Wrestler Anthony Bowens Comes Out As Bisexual
Although there’s been much progress for the LGTBQ community, it’s been a slower ride in the world of sports. That’s why it’s particularly powerful when athletes, who are members of the LGTBQ community, speak out and share their story.
In a piece he wrote on Out Sports today, pro wrestler Anthony Bowens came out officially as bisexual.
In the editorial, Bowens tells of what made him decide to come out. “It was this past fall and I was three months into a relationship with my boyfriend, Michael Pavano,” he wrote. “Mike and I had uploaded a video to YouTube on his channel called ‘The Laughing Challenge,’ where he described me as his boyfriend.”
“The video was a blast to do,” he continued, “but I worried that someone from the wrestling world would stumble across it and learn my secret. I decided to let it be posted anyway. Weeks later, I received a text that made my stomach drop.”
“It was from my best friend in the wrestling business, and someone I specifically made sure to keep my secret from,” he explained. “The text read: ‘Bro, why didn’t you tell me?’ I knew exactly what he meant but I played dumb. ‘What do you mean?’ I replied. He response was that he saw ‘the video. Much to my great relief, he told me he didn’t care and that I was one of his best friends in the business.”
While he tells more of his coming out story, he wraps with saying that he came out ultimately because he “wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I realized I have a unique platform to spread awareness about ongoing issues in the world, to break stereotypes and show everyone that they can be themselves and do what ever they put their minds to no matter what their sexuality is.”
We applaud Bowens for his bravery and for making a difference by sharing his story.