Today, WWE showed their support for the LGBTQ community with a slideshow of Pride Month themed pictures of current Superstars, accompanied by words of encouragement.
Sonya Deville, the company’s first openly gay female superstar, was at the forefront.
In an exclusive interview for WWE.com, Deville discussed what Pride Month means to her and her experience when she came out.
“It means a lot,” she said. “Four years ago, I was still pretending to be someone that I’m not. Until I came out publicly, I wasn’t really living my fullest life,” Deville said. “I was trying to be who I thought I was supposed to be, which never turns out good, and I wasn’t fulfilled. You can be happy with work, you can be happy in other facets of life, but if you’re not happy in your personal life, and you’re not loving open and honestly, it sucks.”
Deville continued, “So, Pride, it’s significant because it’s a time where I celebrate my coming out, but also, I get to share my story on my social platforms and maybe get to tell other people that may be going through that phase of their life, ‘It’s okay to be who you are; it’s okay to come out.’ Easier said than done, right? But … it’s always worth it if you’re being honest and true to who you are.”
You can read the full interview here.
In addition, some of the wrestlers involved in the photoshoot took to Twitter to continue to spread awareness and support.
I’m sure most cynics will dismiss this as a blatant public relations ploy. However, you can’t discount what this type of visibility and acceptance could mean to someone who really needs it. It’s beautiful and refreshing to see and the Superstar’s intentions all seem genuine.
What do you think? Drop a comment below and let us know what Pride Month means to you.