AEW President Tony Khan has praised the promotion’s use of LGBTQ+ talent on its roster.
Earlier this year, Khan faced criticism for his response to Big Swole, who called out the lack of diversity she experienced during her time with the company.
In an interview with Karissa Maxwell of Sporting News, Khan demonstrated some of the diversity on the roster, pointing out the company’s use of LGBTQ+ talent. He said:
“I think in the LGBTQ community, we have great representation,” Khan said. “(We have) Nyla Rose, a former Woman’s World Champion, the first transgender World Champion in wrestling ever. Of course, diversifying the roster is very important and we saw that.
“And I plan to continue to diversify and expand the roster, and I’m very excited about what we’re doing. Also, Jake Atlas. He was another great debut who really serves, you know, the (LGBTQ+) community and he’s a great person. I was sorry he had that injury on Rampage against Adam Cole, but I’m really excited about him and we’re going to take care of him while he’s out. I’m a big fan of Jake Atlas too.”