5 LGBTQ wrestlers that are taking the world by storm


LGBTQ wrestlers have been part of the roster and empowering the WWE Universe

In today’s world, there has been a lot of outrage about the sexual orientation of both women and men in the world. The field of sports’ is a place where this is not received as well and is still looked down on.

However, recently there have been wrestlers who have come out of the closet to reveal their orientation. With this, it has become an inspiration to the youth and others who are too afraid to speak up about this topic.

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In recent years, the likes of Sonny Kiss, Shayna Baszler, Nyla Rose, Toni Storm and Jake Atlas have revealed their sexual identity to the media and the world. We discuss the empowerment of each Superstar and their beliefs towards the ongoing ‘taboo.’

LGBT or GLBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Laws and policies exist at different levels to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. 

1. Shayna Baszler

She has had a meteoric rise in WWE over the past few years as a former NXT Women’s Champion. The Queen of Spades was the prominent member of the NXT brand and has now finally made it up to the main roster of WWE, where she has seen gold in both singles and doubles action.

She is bisexual and has been a proud member of the LGBTQ community for years. The wrestler has been vocal about her support for the LGBTQ on the WWE stage several times.

In 2013, she revealed that she was in a relationship with a woman, but the identity was unknown.

Baszler came to WWE after a stint in UFC, who has a history in martial arts.

2. Sonny Kiss

Kiss goes by the pronouns him and her in life. Before joining AEW, he was aware of his gender fluidity from a very early age and his family was supportive. 

“I knew going into this business, I was gonna either do it authentically or not at all. Authentically, what I mean by that is just straight up who I am, I wasn’t going to pretend,” Kiss said.

Kiss has been vocal about his support for more people to understand the LGBTQ community better. In AEW, the wrestlers have been able to promote their identity without any judgement. This has helped Kiss thrive in AEW and help his wrestling career.

3. Nyla Rose

Former AEW Nyla Rose has also spoken about her sexual identity in the past. She has also praised AEW for the environment created saying:

“It’s pretty damn cool to work for a company and with a group of people who aren’t ashamed of you.” 

Nyla Rose made history by winning the AEW Women’s World title, becoming the first trans woman to hold a major American promotion’s women’s championship. Despite the criticism, she worked hard to make it to the top before earning her title win. She is also an inspiration to others about their trans identities.

4. Toni Storm

Storm is the eighth out LGBTQ wrestler currently under WWE contract. She recently came out as “bisexual” on social media, which was received positively by the WWE Universe.

The former NXT Champion has since then been vocal about her LGBT roots and the empowerment she bestows upon others, saying:

“Pride month is very important to me. It’s just important to be able to be exactly who you are unapologetically. It’s important to love exactly who you want to love, to be your true, authentic self and not feel ashamed of that. You should be able to be free and be who you want to be and love who you are.”

Storm is a former winner of the 2018 Mae Young Classic tournament and NXT UK Women’s champion in 2019.

5. Jake Atlas

The 25-year-old became the first openly gay man signed to WWE in January 2020.


Atlas confided in Stephanie McMahon when he planned to come out to the media. His mother grew up in Mexico with a Lucha Libre upbringing. He began with cheerleading and tumbling skills before moving to wrestling.

Atlas has been impressing on NXT in recent months and great things are expected from him.

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