When watching performers in pro-wrestling, it’s easy to forget that they are all playing characters and the storylines are scripted. Many times, we do not get a true look at their personal lives or relationships. This is why it can be shocking to wrestling fans when one of their favorite performers comes out. It may have taken some time, but many pro-wrestling companies like WWE and TNA are very supportive of the LGBTQ community. Supporting these stars is essential for embracing diversity and respecting their personal lives.
Rugby is a bone crackingly brutal sport and with the stereotypes of gay people you may not have expected there to be a gay rugby player, but Gareth Thomas shatters that perception. While it may have come out in the worst way possible, Kwame Harris still gets the recognition as being the first NFL player to ever come out as gay. John Amaechi made NBA history by being the first NBA player to come out as gay, albeit in retirement. WWE wrestler Paige is notable not only for being one of the youngest yet more experienced wrestlers on the roster, but she is also known for enjoying the company of both men and women. The story of boxer Emile Griffith is almost to crazy to believe, but he is the first boxer to be known as bisexual. Orlando Cruz may have failed in his quest to be the first gay boxing world champ, but he still is notable for being a successful gay athlete. Billy Bean didn’t have the best MLB career, but his legacy carries on in retirement. Glenn Burke was the life of the L.A Dodgers clubhouse in the 70s, impressive for a gay man at the time. The longtime face of the WNBA, Sheryl Swoopes did it as a lesbian woman.
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