Vice published a recent article in which they interviewed a number of LGBTQ wrestlers, specifically in regard to their representation in the professional wrestling. Among the wrestlers in question was Washington, D.C. native Nyla Rose, who signed with All Elite Wrestling earlier this year.
One of the topics Rose shed light on was the litany of demographics modern wrestling focuses on. “… It seems the industry is embracing the fact that wrestling has many components that appeal to an extremely broad array of people,” Rose told Vice. “And that even in doing that, it doesn’t have to change or compromise what it is at its core, a dramatic sports competition.”
Rose also spoke about her decision to be open about her transsexuality. “I want others to see the normality in a life that may be different than theirs,” said Rose. “I want people to see that there is someone that may be like them thrive and hopefully it can help them find their own courage.”
In addition to Rose, Vice spoke with other independent talents, including Mike Parrow and Effy. To read the interview in full, click here: “LGBTQ Pro Wrestlers Say There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be Queer in the Ring.”
Sutter’s Synopsis: It’s fitting to see this article published during Pride Month. This is when media personalities of different orientations, including those in professional wrestling, have the brightest spotlight shined on them. Rose is a wrestler that has been open about her bi and transsexuality; as a result, she has the ability to reach wrestling fans that may not be fully comfortable expressing themselves yet.
In addition to being a powerhouse within the AEW women’s division, Rose is one of the best public figures the company has to offer. This past February, upon inking a deal with AEW, Nyla Rose became the first transgender to sign with a major wrestling company in America. This, along with her success in wrestling thus far, should inspire others that relate to her in some form or fashion. After all, as pro wrestling continues to evolve, it will become more accepting of others.