Professional wrestler Mike Parrow has a message for any young LGBT athlete that is sitting alone in a locker room wondering if they will ever be accepted. Your team will support you. Leaving the team culture behind as a closeted college football player at Carolina Coastal University, Parrow put aside thoughts of law school to pursue a new path.
Left image by Michael Watsonright image via Instagram, nylarosebeast. Wrestling in the late 90s and early aughts was built on extremes. My favorite characters and storylines pushed boundaries: there was a mock crucifixion, home invasions, and sham marriages.
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There are a handful of LGBTI wrestlers making waves in the wrestling game, smashing stereotypes and living their lives out and proud. Deville came out as a lesbian on national television four years ago during a televised Tough Enough competition. Dave Marshall made international headlines in November last year when Gay Star News broke the story of his charity fundraising efforts.
As a teenager in the late s, Pat Patterson packed up his belongings and left his family home in French-speaking Montreal, Canada, and moved to the U. The only problem was he couldn't speak a word of English. The French-Canadian quickly began to impress promoters in traditional wrestling towns like Boston and Portland, Oregon.
Back inVince McMahon had the opportunity to air the first same sex wedding on television since Friendsback inchickened out on having a lesbian couple kiss at the end of nuptials. And he blew it. Now, wrestler Darren Young has come out as the first openly gay wrestler in real life on McMahon's roster.
I remember the first day I stepped into the wrestling room at Frank W. Cox High School as an elementary school student. Having no clue what I was doing, I felt vulnerable and confused, feelings I would come to know very well later on in my life.
A professional wrestler based in Orlando, Florida, has spoken publicly about his sexuality for the first time. Mike Parrow, 34, says he finally decided to come out to friends, family and fellow wrestlers around four years ago. This was around the same time that he met, and fell in love with, the man who he recently asked to be his husband.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. WWE wrestler Darren Young's coming out makes him the first openly gay professional wrestler.