so besides Daria, do you know of any other openly lgbt wrestlers? i'm gay and looking to be a wrestler, and it makes me really happy whenever i see lgbt wrestlers
it makes me really happy tooooo! i honestly believe that you can be a successful wrestler and openly gay (even if there are only a few examples that I can give you).
Apart from Daria Berenato
there are a few that I know.
Kenny Omega - the most successful openly queer wrestler in the world
He’s one of the top wrestlers in New Japan (and the top foreign wrestler there). He’s the leader of the bullet club. He main evented Wrestle Kingdom (the second biggest wrestling show in the world) this year. And this interview where he says “a wife or a boyfriend” (i think he says “boyfriend” instead of “husband” because gay marriage isn’t legal in Japan) was for a mini-doc made by his company. He’s out and incredibly successful.
He’s an indy wrestler and works for Progress Wrestling. Both the wrestler and his character are pan. I haven’t seen him wrestle much, but as his name suggests, his wrestling involves lots of sexual humor and, as always seems to be the case with gay wrestling characters, even the faces (altho not Dalton Castle), there is unwanted sexual touching and kissing of his opponents (i mention this just because it is a trope that bothers me a lot, but i’m not saying that Jack is bad or that he shouldn’t be wrestling in this way). he’s really popular in his company and beloved by his audience
Indy wrestler. Don’t know anything about him, except that he’s openly gay.
She came out as bisexual on an episodes of Total Divas in 2014. She’s retired now.
There are also other wrestler who may not have been out while they were active, but are out now, like Pat Patterson.
Dalton Castle! - the man who portrays him is married to a woman, but Dalton the character is pretty clearly queer. he works for Ring of Honor, is one of the company’s top faces, and has a title match later this year! The man who plays Dalton has said that the thing that separates Dalton from the queer wrestling characters that came before him is that Dalton isn’t trying to push anyone’s buttons or make anyone uncomfortable. He’s just being him.]
“Many thanks to everyone. I’d like to thank the president for his kind words and express my gratitude for the support of the club as a whole. I’m at the biggest club in the world and it’s very special. I have high hopes for myself and the whole team. Hala Madrid!”
I was going
back home from my university, it was a bad day. I had no motivation, no energy
for anything. I just wanted to be left alone in my room and listen to music.
I had a
feeling that today was going to bring many problems, also I haven’t heard from
my boyfriend the entire day. And the day before.
fight we had a few days ago some things between us changed. Neymar was upset
after a lost game, because he played badly and people blamed him for not being focused
on his game.
is always with friends, not sleeping enough… being with me. He was spending a
lot of time with me since we got together, four months ago.
we were good friends, we knew each other many years, and we did love each other
for a long time, but Neymar’s career was always important to him and he was
working hard, not having time for a serious girlfriend.
tried to make it work, but if it was not his football, it was my studies. While
he was still in Brazil, I moved to Barcelona to go in a big university. When he
came to play in Spain, I thought our chance finally came, but Neymar decided to
be on his own, to get in the best shape possible since he just started to play
for one of the biggest clubs in the world. And I accepted that, just like he
did when I moved away.
our love for each other was stronger than our careers and we could not avoid
what we felt. So one day, when I was with some of Neymar’s friends watching the
game at Camp Nou and he made a hat trick he was so enthusiast that when we
walked to the changing room he walked to me and kissed me, just like that, in
front of everyone.
“I don’t care about what is going on in our life
(y/n), we need to stop avoiding this, us.”
wished he still felt the same way as he did that day. I decided to call him,
since I wanted to know if he feels better now, or he still thinks he needs to
have some alone time.
where are you?”
“I was just
about to call you. Can you come to my place?”
I knew his
voice and I knew he was not feeling any better, I just hoped I could help somehow.
walked inside, he was standing in the living room walking around thinking.
walked inside, not sure, if he was okay with me kissing him, after that fight,
so I just walked closer to him.
“We need to
talk.” He said and looked me in the eyes.
wrong? About last night…”
do this anymore.” He suddenly said as my heart stopped.
what are you talking about? You said you would not ignore us anymore, that we
need to be together…”
need to focus on my career, I can’t let you distract me.” He said as I felt
tears in my eyes.
help you, all you have to do is ask me to leave or to…”
let my feelings destroy everything I did to get here, in this club.”
“Even if it
means losing me, forget our love?” I asked crying.
“I need to.”
He said upset; I could see in his eyes that he was hurt by this decision also.
“All I ever
did was love you. I never tried to get you away from your dreams; I loved you
silently to let you focus, to see you happy, no matter how I felt.”
you too (y/n), I was forcing myself to forget you, don’t you think I was
let me go!”
“I can’t do
that. I am not doing this to hurt you; I just need to focus on my life. You
need to move on and be happy.”
“I can’t, you
said you won’t leave anymore; you said we can’t live without each other.”
because I’m asking you to leave me, does not mean I won’t love you (y/n).”
Neymar said and I felt like I was stabbed right in my heart.
would love me, you would fight for us, but I guess… you love football more than
me. You always did.”
He did not
say anything anymore. I walked in front of the front door, “Goodbye Neymar. I
wish you all the success you want,” and then left.
I always accepted
his decisions about football to see him achieve his dreams. However, I hoped
this time he would make our relationship work, that he would fight for us after
all this years.
I guess I
PS: Sorry for this sad imagine, I just don’t feel particularly happy right now.
Some of the most memorable T-shirt messages during football celebrations
1. Ian Wright - After scoring a
goal for the Gunners against Bolton in 1997, Wright lifted his shirt to reveal another, made by
Nike, stating: ‘179 – Just Done It,’ despite only equalling the record tally. However, he ended up scoring a hat-trick and breaking the record later that day. 2. Robbie Fowler - during a European Cup Winners’ Cup win against Brann in March 1997 Fowler unveiled a T-shirt with a fake Calvin Klein logo that read: ‘Support the 500 Sacked Dockers’ to show solidarity with striking dockworkers in the city. 3. Thierry Henry - In 2000, no Arsenal player had scored against Liverpool for almost 3 years, but, right at the death of the match, Henry made sure
of the victory by scoring and went on to reveal the message “Bang goes
the 0-0 draw”, pointing out the fact they had finally scored against
Liverpool. 4. Kaká - the Brazilian fell to his knees revealing a T-shirt that said “I belong to Jesus” after winning the Champions League final against Liverpool in Athens May 23, 2007. 5. Lionel Messi - In Barcelona’s now famous 6-2 win over Real Madrid at the Santiago
Bernabeu in 2009, he revealed a shirt reading ‘Sindrome X Fragil’, the
name of a medical condition that
leads to emotional, mental and physical problems for its sufferers.
Messi later explained that he had spent a day with children suffering from the
syndrome prior to the game and in the biggest fixture in club football
across the world, he was able to give a relatively
unknown issues a huge amount of coverage. 6. Andrés Iniesta - Likely to go down in the annuls of history as the most poignant
celebration of any World Cup final goal, the Barcelona man celebrated
his winning strike against the Dutch in the South Africa 2010 showpiece
by lifting his shirt to reveal a vest with the message ‘Dani Jarque:
Always with us’, in memory of the Espanyol defender who tragically died
of a heart attack in 2009.
7. Mubarak Wakaso - after scoring a 38th-minute penalty and giving Ghana a 1-0 win
over Mali at the African Cup of Nations in 2013, Wakaso revealed a shirt that read “Allah is great.” 8. Mario Balotelli - In 2011, quite clearly aggrieved with the often undeserved negative attention
that came his way from the media, after an exquisite finish, the young Italian stood defiantly in
the face of those that had criticised him in the lead up to the derby at
Old Trafford, wearing a T-shirt that said ‘Why always me?’ 9. Éric Abidal - In 2013, after a year out following liver surgery, Abidal celebrated his return to football by wearing a tribute to his cousin who provided part of his liver for the procedure. ‘It was a very special moment for me after a year out. I want to thank my cousin as without him I would not be here today,’ said Abidal wearing a shirt with ‘Merci mon cousin’ on the front.
“I have so many great memories of my dad which makes it so painful to have lost him when I was only 12.The experience though gave me the strength to pursue my dreams and it helped me to grow as a person and now I’m playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Playing in a team like Juventus is a dream come true. It’s a very important club, and joining it at the age of 22 was an emotion I can’t describe. It was a fundamental leap forward in my career.
Morata is a great person, now we are friends. When I was at Palermo and he was at Juve he hit me hard with a challenge, but I have just about forgiven him for it.”
When I was younger I looked at the Portuguese players like Figo and Rui Costa, and saw how they were performing on the biggest stage – and I knew I wanted to reach that level.
How did your parents help you get started on a career in football?
They let me leave Madeira at age 12 to join Sporting Lisbon. I remember crying, but only now I have my son do I understand how hard it must have been for them to let me go. They did the right thing for my career, but it would not have been easy for them.
Who has been your biggest supporter through your career?
My mother, she always has been and is a constant support to me.
Was there anyone who made a special effort to help you at the start of your career?
Aurelio Pereira [chief scout at Sporting Lisbon – the man who discovered him] has always been a very important man in my life from a young age. He believed in me, and he is a very special man.
What do you feel you learned about yourself from the Euro 2016 final?
I knew that I couldn’t influence the game on the field [after going off injured in the 25th minute], but I could play a big role. I gave a speech at half-time and was giving all the directions and encouragement I could from the side. It taught me about the importance of being one. Football is not about 11 on the field, it is so much more than that.
What’s the most important lesson football taught you?
To use negative people and experiences to motivate you. I actually need my haters – they have helped me achieve all I have achieved.
Which manager/coach has had the greatest effect on you as a player?
I do see Sir Alex Ferguson as a father figure. All my coaches have been important, but when I arrived at Real Madrid I was a man, when I arrived at Manchester United I was a boy. All of a sudden you are at one of the biggest clubs in the world, and at that time I needed somebody like Sir Alex.
What manager or player has been the best in raising the spirits of a despondent dressing room?
Zinedine Zidane was a perfect example of that last season. We had not started well, but then he arrived and was the catalyst for one of my best-ever seasons. We went on a great run in La Liga, won the Champions League, and then I won the European Championships with Portugal. It was a great season for me and Real Madrid, and the right coach can be that inspiration.
Who is the toughest opponent you ever faced?
Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole – he doesn’t give you a second to breathe. He was such a tenacious player, quick, tough in the tackle – when he was at his peak. You knew it would never be an easy game.
Which opposing player do you most admire?
There is a big mutual respect between myself and Lionel Messi. The media like to make out like we have this big rivalry, but we don’t. It is not like we are good friends, but there is a mutual respect on both sides.
Who has been the most generous team-mate, in terms of helping others or being generous with his time and money?
Where I have played both the clubs and players have taken their charitable works seriously. We do have a responsibility to help, we know how fortunate we are, it’s something we need to be doing and continue to do.
Which team-mate would you want next to you in a war?
Pepe – not only is he a fantastic defender, he leaves nothing on the field. He gives everything.
Which of your colleagues or former managers is the deepest thinker about football?
I have played for so many great coaches, but José Mourinho was a big thinker analytically, he went into everything in great detail.
Who was the biggest influence on your career?
Which team-mate, either at club or international level, has been the biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration has always been myself; nobody puts bigger demands on me than me. I said I admired Figo and Rui Costa, but I never wanted to emulate anybody – I have just always focused on being the best me I can.
“I have to say sorry for my English. For a few days I have known that I’d be back in the race. It’s biggest honour I can imagine.
It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“It’s a good moment to come here and I feel very proud. It’s how the people here live football. It’s a special club.”
“This is one of the biggest problems you have here in Liverpool. Five six or seven clubs can win the championship. We have to develop. This would be a good moment for restarting.
"It’s only important we play our own game, we feel the confidence and the trust of the people. It’s important the players feel the difference from now on. They have to think they can reach the expectations of the people.
"You have to change from doubters to believers.”
“Stop thinking about money, just think about playing football.”
“I’m a football romantic. I love all the stories. Anfield is one of the best places in the football world.”
“I’m a really lucky guy, eh?”
“History is only the base for us. You can’t carry it in your backpack every day.”
“This is a great club with a good team. There is a lot of potential. Everything is there. Let’s start a new way. It’s perfect moment.
"We will start to play very emotional football. That’s very important at Anfield.”
“It’s time for a restart, that’s for sure.”
“I don’t want to describe myself. Does anyone in this room think I can do wonders? I’m a normal guy. I’m the normal one.”
“I’ve heard a lot about the English press, it’s up to you to show me that they are all liars.”
“I don’t want to talk too much about football yet, not spoken to team yet. I haven’t changed. emotion, speed, transition game.“
“We have to play with emotion, we have to work together with the crowd. I’m not the special one, I’m the normal one”
“It would be nice to stop taking photos of me when I move from one side of hotel room to the other. Let’s concentrate on football.”
“I am not here because Liverpool and Dortmund are similar, I am here because Liverpool are a great club.”
Klopp tells a photographer to stop taking pics as he couldn’t hear a question. “Can you stop until the lady is finished?”
“It’s not so important what people think when you come in - it’s what they think when you leave.”
“Please give us time to work on it. Please be patient. I don’t say we have to wait 20 years, in 4 years I hope to win one title.”
“I’m not here just because LFC was calling. I believe in the potential of this team. Everything is there. Now we need to work.”
“I don’t compare myself to these geniuses of Liverpool. It’s cool that you are really looking forward to the coming years with me. I don’t think about being legend here. I work in present”
Rest in peace to my grandparents Reuben and Evelyn Sher. My grandmother was the first person to ever play catch with me and my grandfather was the biggest sports fan in the world. I opened this club in the memory of the both of you. Thank you to the ALC, MLSE, and Ferris. #SherClub #6Side #FightNight
The secret to this group is the fact that it’s not just a football team, it’s a united group - a family. I always knew that Barça was one of the biggest clubs in the world, but the truth is that it’s even greater than I imagined.
Rio Ferdinand announces his retirement from football
“To play for Manchester United, the biggest, the best club in the world… it’s the stuff of dreams. If I had a message for the fans, it’s to keep on going and keep on singing their hearts out because we do feel it.” - Rio Ferdinand.
“If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy, I’m fortunate to have realised those dreams”David Beckham