Pro Wrestler Anthony Bowens Talks About Bisexual Stigma
Pro wrester Anthony Bowens (left), who publicly came out as bisexual last spring, is speaking out against the stigma and erasure of bisexuality.
In a recent interview with ‘Party Foul Radio with Pollo & Pearl’, the athlete/model reflects on the response to his coming out.
“I woke up the next day, and my phone was just melting because of the notifications and how many people were sharing it, news outlets online that were picking it up,” he recounts. “I was getting messages from literally around the world thanking me. Saying I was an inspiration.”
Bowens adds he would have come out much sooner, but he was afraid it might ruin his career. However, he’s surprised at the positive responses he’s received since coming out; he quickly realizes that his fear was unfounded.
“If it wasn’t for wrestling, I probably would’ve come out a long time ago but I didn’t know how people would react,” he says. “It’s the fear of the unknown.”
He did, however, receive some negative feedbacks, especially on what it means to be bisexual and assumed he was just gay and too afraid to admit it.
“I thought there would be more negativity around the stigma of [a pro wrestler] being part of the LGBT community,” Bowens says, “but the negativity came more from people getting in arguments over bisexuality. You can’t control what people are going to think, but at some point, you have to look past that, be yourself and not care.”
Now, Bowens, who has a cute boyfriend (see pic gallery), is much happier and excited about the future.
“You can date a dude or marry a dude and be with him the rest of your life, and that doesn’t change the attraction. The stimulation doesn’t change,” Bowens explains. “That’s the reason why it’s LGBTQ—lesbian, bisexual…The LGBTQ community comes in all shapes and sizes.”
Listen to the full interview after the galley: