WWE's Sonya Deville arrives for A Night of Pride with GLAAD and NFL in Los Angeles, California, on February 10, 2022. (Photo by LISA O'CONNOR / AFP) (Photo by LISA O'CONNOR/AFP via Getty Images)
Wrestlers Who Are Openly LGBTQ
Allie Katch identifies as pansexual, having come out as such in a 2019 tweet. Since then, she changed her name from Allie Kat to Katch and partnered up with Effy in a tag team called Bussy — or, as Katch has called the duo, "Too Gay Power Trip" — which won the GCW tag team championship in April 2022 and defended it until July.
Allie Katch
Anthony Bowens may be one of the best-known gay wrestlers now, but when his boyfriend revealed their relationship on YouTube in 2016, he was fearful the backlash would be harsh. It turned out that fans were supportive, even more so when he publicly announced his bisexuality on Facebook a few months later.
Anthony Bowens
Known in the U.S. as Veny to avoid confusion with the other Asuka, Asuka/Veny has identified as transgender throughout her career, although in Japan she prefers to present as genderless as she feels that audiences there are less accepting of her as a transwoman. She has also confirmed on Japanese TV that her preferred pronoun is "she."
Cassandro, a well-known Exotico (a type of luchador that incorporates a drag queen aesthetic into their act), was the first such performer to come out as gay. He broke ground for numerous other gay Exoticos, saying, "Nowadays, we Exoticos, we're flamboyant wrestlers that are truly wrestlers."
Fred Rosser made history as the first-ever WWE wrestler — known then as Darren Young — to come out as gay, doing so in a 2013 TMZ interview. He was later contacted by Cher, who told him that he inspired one of her friends to come out, spurring him on to a lifetime of activism in and out of the ring.
Darren Young