5 Current WWE stars who are part of the LGBTQ community

Sonya Deville as part of Absolution in WWE
Sonya Deville as part of Absolution in WWE

WWE Superstars are no less than celebrities and with all the star power, they have the capability to become an example for the fans to watch and get inspired from. We live in the 21st century where every individual has the right to be who they want and live their lives without getting judged by anyone.

However, homosexuality is still one of the biggest social issues that are stereotyped by many. While things have become a lot better than they were some years ago, members of the LGBTQ community are still not comfortable to come out due to the fear of not being accepted by society.

In this article, we'll take a look at five current WWE stars who have proudly announced themselves to be a part of the LGBTQ community. Watching these stars would surely encourage more people to reveal their true identities and let go of the fear.

Former WWE Superstar and Divas Champion Paige also admitted during an episode of Total Divas that she has been with women, but hasn't officially declared her sexual orientation.

#5 Kayla Braxton (WWE Interviewer)

Starting with the most recent addition on the list, WWE Interviewer Kayla Braxton came out to the world recently, revealing that she is bisexual through her Twitter. She revealed how she had to choose her identity throughout her life and now has finally decided to be over having to choose.

"My whole life, I've had to choose. Are you black? Are you white? Which bubble do you fill in on the SATs? I always filled in 'other' because nothing applied to me. Tonight, I choose to be over having to choose. Hello world. I'm Kayla. Oh. And yeah - I'm Bi."

Kayla Braxton has taken up multiple roles during her WWE career. Currently, she is the co-host of Talking Smack with Paul Heyman and also WWE's The Bump. With the departure of the likes of Renee Young and Cathy Kelley, Kayla Braxton has risen the ranks in WWE and is a crucial part of the company's programming.

#4 Mercedes Martinez (WWE NXT)

A wrestling veteran, Mercedes Martinez entered WWE as a competitor in the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament and made it to the semifinals. She had a brief stint on NXT and then entered the second Mae Young Classic tournament as well.

Mercedes Martinez went on to compete for All Elite Wrestling in 2019 before finally signing with WWE in January 2020. She again competed on the NXT brand and also entered the 2020 women's Royal Rumble match. She joined the Robert Stone brand on NXT in July 2020 and turned heel, but the alliance didn't last long.

On an episode of WWE RAW in September 2020, Mercedes Martinez was revealed to be one of the members of the anonymous faction RETRIBUTION, going by the ring name Retaliation. However, after few appearances, she requested to be removed from the faction and returned to NXT.

During an interview with NowThis, Mercedez Martinez revealed that she is openly lesbian. Martinez, however, is married and has a son.

Mercedes Martinez recently challenged NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day in a triple threat match also involving Toni Storm. However, she was not successful to win the title as Io Shirai retained.

#3 Shayna Baszler (WWE RAW)

One of UFC's Four Horsewomen, Shayna Baszler has had a great transition from being an MMA fighter to becoming a WWE Superstar. Baszler entered the WWE scene at the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament and made it all the way to the final before getting defeated by the eventual winner Kairi Sane.

Shayna Baszler then officially joined the WWE NXT brand and had a dominating run as the NXT Women's Champion. After coming extremely close to winning the 2020 women's Royal Rumble match, ending up being the runner-up, Shayna Baszler joined the main roster brand, Monday Night RAW in February 2020.

The Queen of Spades went on to challenge the then RAW Women's Champion Becky Lynch for her title at WrestleMania 36 but was unable to defeat her at The Show of Shows. Her momentum was surely hurt by that loss, but she is gradually climbing her way back to the top of WWE's women's roster.

While Shayna Baszler mostly keeps her personal life to herself, she revealed during a podcast in 2013 that she has been in relationships with both males as well as females.

Shayna Baszler is currently part of Monday Night RAW and holds the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships alongside Nia Jax.

#2 Tegan Nox (WWE NXT)

One of the most impressive Superstars on WWE NXT recently has been Tegan Nox. She is also known as the Lady Kane, due to her red hair, outfit, and her love for WWE's Big Red Monster, Kane.

Last year, Tegan Nox shared a photo on her Instagram with her female partner, coming out to the world and revealing herself to be a part of the LGBTQ community.

In an interview with Newsweek, Tegan Nox stated how she thought it was the right time for her to reveal it to everyone. She revealed that almost all of the reactions she got were positive.

"My life has always been a 'don't ask, don't tell' situation, but I feel like it was the right time, especially when you've found the right one you're in love with. It was the right time to do that. The reaction has been great. There are a few people who obviously don't agree with that, but 99 percent of the reactions have been positive. I've got texts coming through from so many colleagues and friends. It was nice. It's great to see that there are so many nice people in the world."

Tegan Nox also revealed that WWE Superstar Sonya Deville, the next entry on this list, helped her bring it out to the public.

#1 Sonya Deville (WWE SmackDown)

While the current WWE roster now has multiple female Superstars from the LGBTQ community, it is Sonya Deville who is considered to be the first-ever openly lesbian WWE Superstar.

During an interview with Sky Sports, Sonya Deville opened up about the moment she came out as gay in front of Triple H and the whole world on TV. Deville revealed that she first got nervous after saying that but then felt grateful that it happened.

"If you're scared to do it, my advice would be 'do it', because it was the best thing that ever happened. I'm not saying there's not going to be trials and tribulations along the way, but in the end, the best life you can live is the life where you're true to yourself. My goal in talking about my sexuality publicly is just so that a scared little girl or little boy can see me do it and think, 'wow, if she did it, then maybe it's OK that I do it.'"

Sonya Deville lost to Mandy Rose in a "Loser leaves WWE" match at SummerSlam 2020. She then returned and currently appears on WWE SmackDown as an authority figure, as the assistant of Adam Pearce. It is to be seen when does she step back inside the ring. Deville has revealed that she has been pushing for an LGBTQ storyline on WWE TV, but that is yet to happen.

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Edited by Kaushik Das
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