Professional wrestler Anthony Bowens had no plans on coming out of the closet when he joined his boyfriend in a video on his YouTube channel, but that’s just what happened.
“It was this past fall and I was three months into a relationship with my boyfriend, Michael Pavano. Mike and I had uploaded a video to YouTube on his channel called ‘The Laughing Challenge,’ where he described me as his boyfriend,” 26-year-old Bowens writes on OutSports.
“The video was a blast to do, 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.”
“My job description is to entertain fans through body language, story lines featuring over-the-top characters and, well, grappling other men dressed in a similar way.”
“Understandably, being openly bisexual could be perceived as a problem. It’s what kept me closeted to all but a few from the time I started wrestling as a pro five years ago. It took a Youtube video to make me see that coming out was not going to be the problem I thought it would be.”
He didn’t think much about until a couple of weeks later when he received a text from a wrestling buddy that made his stomach drop.
“Bro, why didn’t you tell me?” the text said.
“Much to my great relief, he told me he didn’t care and that I was one of his best friends in the business,” Bowens writes.
Encouraged by the positive response, Bowens decided to announce his sexuality to the World on Facebook:
“After hitting send, I immediately turned off my phone. I didn’t want to think about what people would write. After about 30 minutes I told Mike to check his phone,” Bowens writes. “He had the biggest smile on his face, our friends in the room cheered, and I made the decision to turn on my phone. The response was overwhelming positive.”
“I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I’ve spoken to over the years who are hiding and suppressing themselves out of fear of being judged. If I can help inspire at least one person to fight past their struggles through my journey or inspire at least one person to live their dreams, it’s all worth it for me. The journey and the fight is just beginning!”
After his announcementmen on Facebook, Bowens has been sharing tons of cute posts of him and his boyfriend. And we say: Keep them coming. You’re an inspiration!
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