AEW Superstar Nyla Rose is breaking ground as an openly transgender professional wrestler.
As part of a new piece on VICE, Nyla Road talks about why there is never been a better time to be an openly queer professional wrestler:
The wrestling industry used to be this over the top manly thing that really played to a target market of cis white heterosexual males between 12 and 25. Now it seems the industry is embracing the fact that wrestling has many components that appeal to an extremely broad array of people, and that even in doing that, it doesn’t have to change or compromise what it is at its core, a dramatic sports competition.
Being trans, I don’t really have a choice compared to someone gay, [lesbian], or bi. People who don’t go through any physical changes when being out. My decision to be out as a bisexual, and be open about being trans was intentional. I want others to see the normality in a life that may be different than theirs. 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… it may not even be related to anything doing with sexual or gender identity, inspiration comes in many forms. Aside from getting to work alongside and learn from some of my heroes growing up, the biggest thing for me as a performer is definitely be seeing everyone in my family beaming with pride that after all these years to finally achieve one of my biggest dreams.
To read the full piece, click here.
Nyla Rose will be in action tomorrow at AEW Fyter Fest, which will be free on B/R Live.