In the UK, the underground promotion Pro-Wrestling:EVE – co-promoted by husband and wife team Dann and Emily Read – has been grabbing the headlines for its feminist, punk rock, all female live shows.
Last month during its Dangerous Woman show, one of its wrestlers Charlie Morgan came out as gay publicly in the ring as part of a promo, to a chorus of cheers from the crowd.
She talked to PinkNews about coming out during a promo and more:
On why she decided to come out so publicly:
“I was a little bit taken aback, because even in this day and age it’s still a little bit of a touchy subject, I was extremely nervous. I always get nervous before any wrestling match but this particular segment, I was very, very nervous for because I was passionate about what I wanted going to say. There was umming and aahing and about what I could and couldn’t say, which was the point of the promo, that everyone’s so scared of mentioning the word ‘gay’. How are people ever meant to be encouraged to come out if everyone’s scared to mention the fricking word?” “I was really taken aback by the positive response I’ve had since doing the promo. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect and and I didn’t expect to have the response that I’ve had. One of the lines in the promo was ‘DO you think I’m scared to say it, do you think I’m scared to say I’m gay’. And then I let the crowd react and I didn’t expect the crowd to react how they did. I was taken aback and I was a bit emotional actually. In my promo I’m angry because every word I’m saying I feel passionate about.”
About the current lack of LGBT representation in the wrestling business:
“I hope that in the future, just like in society, things will change. It shouldn’t just be that you’re white and you’re straight and that’s cool – it shouldn’t matter what race you are, what your sexual orientation is, it doesn’t change you as a person, just be yourself. I’m just a good a worker as somebody who is straight, it shouldn’t matter what race you are, what sexuality you’re interested in. I still don’t understand in this day and age why people have an issue with it. I like to think that the WWE will hopefully move forward and develop past that along with society itself. With EVE’s ethos and how they are branded, I think it’s great, because it gives a platform to people like me to shout from the rooftops what I believe in. EVE’s whole ethos on what they stand for is completely different to any other promotion”
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