The 29-year-old first became interested in wrestling at the age of eight, when his brother introduced him to his first ever wrestling show. ‘It was like watching real life superheroes.' Ever since then, he became fascinated with the spectacle and the physical endurance of the sport.
He said he wasn’t very confident in himself while growing up.
Marshall started his wrestling career in 2015, at the age of 26. He was in sales before he started working on his dream of becoming a wrestler. He now wrestles for Perth-based wrestling company Southern Hemisphere Wrestling Alliance. For almost 10 years, they’ve held monthly shows all across Western Australia’s capital city.
Marshall’s wrestling persona is a ‘much more cocky, arrogant and aggressive version of myself, turned up to 11,’ he revealed.
He trains two to four times a week, for two hours at a time. Marshall said it’s ‘a lot of rolls and falls training with huge amounts of cardio.’
Wrestling is also the reason he got into his personal training career. ‘Wrestling had always been the reason I got into fitness and is a big part of what keeps me going,’ he said. ‘I wanted to be a wrestler since I was 10 and am finally living the dream.’
Around the time Marshall started wrestling, his life also changed dramatically for another reason – he came out as gay.
‘I had hooked up with guys in my early years of high school, although it was always in secret,’ he said. ‘I ended up in and out of relationships with girls.
‘The last one when I was 18 – that lasted for seven years. I told her when we were 23 I was bi but [she said] as long as I loved her, she didn’t care,’ he said. But by the age of 25, he couldn’t keep it in anymore. He came out to his girlfriend as gay and then they broke up.
‘We are still friends to this day,’ he said. ‘I owed it to myself to explore [it] at a mature age.’
When he told his family and friends he was gay, they were all supportive. He said: ‘Fortunately, not a single person has been negative towards my coming out.
‘My family – even a very homophobic uncle – were all very supportive,’ he said.
Dave Marshall said his fellow wrestlers have been completely supportive of his sexuality. ‘Southern Hemisphere Wrestling Alliance has been like a family to me since day one,’ the gay wrestler said. ‘They don’t treat me any different.’
The 6’3″ Aussie said he’s not experienced any homophobia during his wrestling career, although his sexuality isn’t part of his onstage persona.
When asked if he would consider introducing it to his character, he responded: ‘As long as it’s done in a correct way, I am not against it. ‘It shouldn’t change much,’ he said. He then added: ‘[Being gay] is not any different to being straight.’
Soon after Marshall broke up with his girlfriend in 2015, he started dating guys. He began a relationship with a man, lasting about three years. They only recently broke up.
But before they did, his ex encouraged him to start an OnlyFans account. OnlyFans is a subscription-based platform that allows users to access X-rated content from someone, with a small monthly fee. Marshall wasn’t initially sure about starting it so took some time to think.
The gay wrestler eventually began posting content in March this year and says he wanted it to be a little different. He explained: ‘After some thought, I did start it up with part [of the] proceeds going to Beyond Blue – a suicide prevention charity.’ The reason he wanted to help this charity is because his dad took his own life last year.
In an Instagram post, Marshall revealed: ‘The reason the money I raise from my OnlyFans goes towards Beyond Blue is seeing everyday how big depression and anxiety has become in society and almost overlooked. ‘[It’s my] first time saying this but my father took his life last year.’
Marshall then added: ‘Older men have a “Harden the fuck up” mentality they were brought up with.
‘Stats on LGBT in this area are quite scary too so I hope I can in some way, give back to my community. Positivity is everything,’ he said.
So far, Marshall has raised $5,000AUD ($3,617US) for the suicide prevention charity. He posts regular updates to his Instagram about the initiative, including screenshots of the confirmation emails Beyond Blue sends him after every donation.
Marshall recently started dating someone new, but says his new boyfriend is not publicly out as gay so it wouldn’t be fair to name him. ‘We have very similar values,’ Marshall revealed. ‘He is very driven in his work, has a passion for fitness and makes me feel like a million dollars. ‘And of course is gorgeous,’ he jokes.
Greg McLean is the latest gay man to come out publicly in English soccer, now part of a slowly growing list that is showing the true acceptance at the heart of the sport.
McLean is a coach and club secretary at St Margaret’s Old Boys football club in Liverpool on the western coast of England. He recently talked with Sky Sports about coming out to his family and soon after quitting soccer for fear of how he would be accepted. When he decided to come out to the players in text messages to see if they would be comfortable playing for a gay man, the response was predictable:
“Every player texted back to tell him that his fears were unfounded, and that he’d be welcome to return to the club when he was ready - something he did soon after,” according to Sky Sports.
He’s now back with the team and sharing his story of acceptance as a gay man in soccer in hopes of inspiring other LGBTQ people in sports to be their true selves, particularly in the midst of the Rainbow Laces campaign.
“I feel it’s an important subject to share and to talk about - even if my story resonates deeply with just one person, it’s worth doing,” he told Sky Sports. “But I’ve already had so many messages that I know it’s gone much further than that.”
While they are still few and far between, we’ve now seen a handful of men come out publicly in English soccer, namely out gay soccer player Liam Davis, referee Ryan Atkin, executive Hugo Schecter and now a coach in McLean. These men are finally showing people across English soccer what we in the United States have seen for years, thanks to athletes in high school and college sports: Athletes are far more accepting than we give them credit for.
Read everything McLean had to say about his experience at Sky Sports.
Written by: Cyd Zeigler. Outsports.com. 27 November 2018
Wyatt Pertuset has quite a season, the wide receiver and punter for Capital University in Ohio is one of seven openly gay college football players this season.
Pertuset made headlines when he became perhaps the first openly gay player to score a touchdown and was featured on ESPN. But perhaps the biggest honor was being named Special Teams Player of the Week by the Ohio Athletic Conference, which plays in Divison III.
“Pertuset was called upon to punt four times in last week’s matchup against Baldwin Wallace over Homecoming Weekend. He totaled 182 yards in his four punts and averaged 45.5 yards per boot, a new single-game high for the junior. He also set the mark for a new personal long when he cranked one punt 55 yards downfield. Three of his four punts also pinned the Yellow Jackets inside their own 20-yard line.”
Pertuset admits he is proud to be gay and has no problems with people knowing it.
“I want it to be one of those images in young minds, especially for the same age as me, who might be in the closet, to work hard and just play your heart out, not only for your team but for what you stand for,” Pertuset said after scoring his touchdown a month ago. “I want this to be a turning point that proves to people that we are great athletes as well.”
Tadd Fujikawa became the first professional golfer to come out. On Monday Fujikawa opened up in an Instagram post that detailed his coming-out journey.
"So ... I'm gay,â Fujikawa declared. "Many of you may have already known that. I don't expect everyone to understand or accept me. But please be gracious enough to not push your beliefs on me or anyone in the LGBTQ community. My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another.â
âI've been back and forth for a while about opening up about my sexuality,â he continued. âI thought that I didn't need to come out because it doesn't matter if anyone knows. But I remember how much other's stories have helped me in my darkest times to have hope.â
Fuijkawa made history at 15 when he became the youngest golfer in history to qualify for the U.S. Open. In 2007 at the age of 16, he became one of the youngest players to qualify for the PGA Tour event.
He revealed in his post how being in the closet weighed his spirit and was detrimental to his mental health.
âI spent way too long pretending, hiding, and hating who I was. I was always afraid of what others would think/say,â he wrote. âI've struggled with my mental health for many years because of that and it put me in a really bad place. Now I'm standing up for myself and the rest of the LGBTQ community in hopes of being an inspiration and making a difference in someone's life.â
It was important to Fujikawa to encourage others to reach out to him for support. He also gave a personal message to everyone: âYou are loved and you are enough â¦ as is, exactly as you are.â
âWe are all human and equal after all,â he concluded. âSo I dare you ... spread love. Let's do our part to make this world a better place.â
Read his full message below.
MLB player Daniel Murphy 100% disagrees with the gay lifestyle, debuted for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, just five days before the Cub’s LGBTQ Pride night this Sunday.
On Thursday Murphy was asked to clarify his remarks he made in 2015, regarding former MBL player Billy Bean. It would appear little has changed.
Said Murphy: “What I would say to that is that I’ve been able to foster a really positive relationship with Billy Bean since that time. I’m really excited to continue to cultivate that relationship that we’ve built. Billy, his job I think is Ambassador for Inclusion with Major League Baseball is a vital role so that everyone feels included, not only in our industry in baseball but in all aspects of life. Again, I hope that anyone that comes to Wrigley Field feels welcome. That’s my hope. That’s the hope of Major League Baseball. And speaking with Billy Bean — again, like I said, the relationship that we’ve been able to forge — that’s what he’s trying to do. I think that’s what we’re trying to do as an industry. We want people to feel welcome, whatever walk of life that might be.”
When asked if he had a message to any fans conflicted with his presence on the team, Murphy responded: “Oh dear. I would hope that you would root for the Cubs.”
This is what Murphy said to the NJ Advance Media in 2015:
“I disagree with his lifestyle. I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent…
“Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree with the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.”
Bean was asked about Murphy’s comments after receiving emails asking how he felt about the “gay lifestyle” comments. This is how he responded:
“After reading his comments, I appreciate that Daniel spoke his truth. I really do. I was visiting his team, and a reporter asked his opinion about me. He was brave to share his feelings, and it made me want to work harder and be a better example that someday might allow him to view things from my perspective, if only for just a moment.
“I respect him, and I want everyone to know that he was respectful of me. We have baseball in common, and for now, that might be the only thing. But it’s a start.
“The silver lining in his comments is that he would be open to investing in a relationship with a teammate, even if he “disagrees” with the lifestyle. It may not be perfect, but I do see him making an effort to reconcile his religious beliefs with his interpretation of the word lifestyle. It took me 32 years to fully accept my sexual orientation, so it would be hypocritical of me to not be patient with others.”
Bill Gubrud creator of Out at Wrigley told Block Chub Chicago: I just don’t like the man at all. Honestly, when someone says they don’t like the gay lifestyle, what they’re saying is, ‘I think it’s gross when two guys are having sex together.’ And that’s exactly what Daniel Murphy meant. There weren’t many openly gay sports fans [during the first Gay Day in 2001] because of the fear of retribution, of going to a ballpark and all that …. Stupid comments like that from Daniel Murphy, there’s no place in society for anything like that.”
Outsports writer Cyd Zeigler wrote: ‘I have never advocated for chasing every single Christian person out of sports who “disagrees” with the fact that I’m married to my husband. But when someone decides to publicly elevate the anti-gay environment of the sports world, it’s up to him to fix that. That Murphy hasn’t done that, and that the Cubs would sign him days before Out At Wrigley, is disappointing.’
Professional surfer Keala Kennelly came out years ago and gave an amazing interview with fellow surfer Graig Butler. The interview can be found on the Facebook page Humans of Surfing. The two really discuss a wide range of topics and what it’s like being gay on the pro-surfing circuit.
One portion of the interview is where they talk about the people around her a decade ago trying to convince her to stay in the closet, this also included sponsors.
I was a closeted homo and I felt an enormous amount of pressure from the ASP (now WSL) and my sponsors to keep that a secret. So I was living a double life and dying inside every day that I wasn’t living authentically. I struggled with extreme depression. The only thing that made me feel good was winning but if I was losing that compounded my depression to the point where I would be having constant thoughts of suicide.
Wondering what companies she’s referring to? She does talk about the repercussions of coming about and the effects it had on sponsorship's.
I didn’t make some big announcement or anything I just started bringing my girlfriend to events and introducing her as my girlfriend instead of my “friend.” The reaction was very high school. Lots of people talking. It was stressful. ... In 2008 I lost 3 out of my 4 major sponsors Red Bull, Spy, Vestal. Billabong didn’t drop me but systematically started cutting my salary down to almost nothing (I went from making 6 figures in 2007 to the last year I rode for them 2015 I got no $ just a small travel budget of $3k). I never understood if that was because I was gay and out of the closet or because of the economic meltdown or probably a combination of both. The year Billabong dropped me was the same year I made history by winning the Barrel of the Year award at the WSL XXL Awards, was nominated for an ESPY and became the first woman to be invited to the Eddie.
This was long before marriage equality so we do hope the companies have since embraced the LGBT community. It’s really no secret that surfing has been particularly homophobic, so if you’ve followed the sports this really isn’t so shocking.
We have only highlighted a very small portion of the interview this Kennelly if you’re interested in the full interview here.
Democrats Tuesday made history by nominating Christine Hallquist as their candidate for governor, which makes her the first ever transgender candidate to win the party’s nomination for the state’s highest post.
Hallquist managed to defeat three other Democrats. Getting Vermont residents higher-paying jobs, health care for families and better education was her platform.
She wrote on Twitter late Tuesday night thanking them for their support, writing
Tuesday morning she did an interview on CBSN’s “Red & Blue” with Elaine Quijano. "It will be historic for the nation," she told Quijano if she were to be nominated. "I'm proud to be the person to help the nation widen its moral compass." Furthermore, "Vermonters are going to elect me for what I'm going to do for Vermont," Hallquist said. "Vermont has always been a leader in civil rights. We have some of the best transgender protection laws in the country. It's a state that's really welcomed me with open arms."
Hallquist who worked as an electric company executive stated that she is running for governor based on her managerial ability and having a campaign with a focuses on economic development for rural Vermont.
In her interview, Hallquist says she "has a long vision for Vermont" and wants to make internet access available to everyone.
"I will connect everyone and every business with fiber optic cables so every Vermonter can be connected to the internet," Hallquist said. "What we're seeing in rural Vermont and rural America is the same thing that happened in the 1930s ... when the cities had electricity, rural America did not. Sixty percent of the land mass in Vermont can't connect to the Internet -- and it's so critical for business."
Hallquist also spoke about health care and her economic agenda.
"Let's stop making profits on people sick and dying. Let's approve Medicare for All. Let's get people to a living wage. There's been a systematic attack on the working class for over 30 years now. And so we've got to change this."
The Associated Press says she has also won support from The Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs LGBTQ candidates. They have called her a "game changer."
The New York Yankees are planning events to remember and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The team came under fire for being one of two clubs in the Major Leagues to not hold any LGBT Pride events.
But the team has announced that it is planning several major events to honor the Stonewall riots that occurred in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, in which many regard as the foundations of the modern LGBT rights movement.
SportsNews New York writer Andy Martino said: “According to major league sources, the Yankees have been quietly planning significant events for next season to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a seminal event in both the history of LGBTQ rights and New York City.”
“While a Yankees spokesman said it was too early to confirm any specifics of the 2019 promotional calendar, other sources said that the team continues to work out details of Stonewall-centered events. ‘Specifics have not been finalized, but I hear that the final plan is likely to include activities both inside and outside the ballpark.”
The team acknowledged that they have been working on LGBT events long before it was criticized for not hosting a Pride night. Martino added the club is “focused on the Stonewall anniversary as a way to push the standard Pride Nights to a deeper level.”
The Stonewall Inn, in New York City’s Greenwich Village for many played a major role in LGBT history. It was the location for a series of riots in June 1969, by members of the community all in response to a police raid.
Two activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera who were gender non-conforming, thus sparking the entire civil rights movement and the very reason we celebrate Pride Month and celebrated in June.
Some of the earliest Pride marched started in 1970, and in some countries Pride is still referred to as Christopher Street Day Parades the location of the pub.
It’s a known fact that American pro-sports are not known for welcoming LGBT athletes. If you require additional proof just look at Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin the only openly gay male athlete. However, he has now teamed up with Athlete Ally and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality to help create a sort of #MeToo movement in the hopes of addressing homophobia in sports.
In an effort to ending homophobia and transphobia in sports Collin is working with RISE – an “alliance of professional sports leagues, organizations, athletes, educators, media networks and sports professionals using sports to bring people together to promote understanding, respect and, equality.” Speaking with California university student-athletes to address anti-LGBT participation in sports and put forward initiatives that stop discrimination before it appears on-field, during practices or within the locker room.
Martin is also spearheading training that educates college and university coaches about sexual misconduct and what behaviors are appropriate for students and players alike. Providing tools that assist them in developing strategies for putting a stop to any anti-LGBT language, for example when team members or opponents call weak or ineffective things “gay” or use the word “faggot” to intimidate opponents.
Martin stated in a recent interview, “There are kids out there that still are questioning themselves and questioning their spot in sports just based on their sexuality.” Furthermore, he stated: “We need to have a better culture in place for our young kids, and if that can come from coaches and better education in terms of how they’re creating a healthy environment for their teams at a young age.”
Efforts to combat homophobia in sports isn’t an easy task and Martin appears to understand this. A survey completed in 2015 found that of 9,500 athletes from six English-speaking countries found 83% of male athletes remain closeted to their teammates, 84% had witnessed homophobia at a sporting match and 80% didn’t feel safe to be openly gay as either a competitor or a spectator.
Well, it appears that two more major league baseball players had to apologize Sunday after tweets that used anti-gay and racial slurs surfaced, sent while they were teenagers (18).
Sean Newcomb pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and Trea Turner a shortstop for the Washington Nationals both apologized in various degrees, and well as their respective teams. The two become join Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers who have had to publicly apologize for their offensive tweets. Major League Baseball said that Newcomb would meet with league executive and former player Billy Bean, who is openly gay as part as of diversity training. Turner might have to I certain at some point do the same, his tweets were found late Sunday night.
Newcomb’s tweets were sent when he was 18 and a freshman in college. He used the word “fag” in six tweets and made racist comments including using the word “nigga.”
Turner as well made his when he was 18 and playing college baseball. They were summarized by the Washington Post:
Two of Turner’s resurfaced tweets were replies in which acquaintances were called homophobic slurs. In another, the tweet reads “unless ur gay” in a reply to a former North Carolina State teammate. A fourth tweet suggests that if a woman working at a drive-through were to ask who the [faggot] in the back of a car was, it would be Turner. A fifth tweet reads, “Once u go black, u gonna need a wheelchair,” a line from the movie “White Chicks.”
Both players did manage to apologize, Newcomb’s, to be honest, was less than convincing.
“I felt that it would be good to address it right away and just let people know that I meant nothing by it,” Newcomb said. “I didn’t mean to offend anybody and I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’ll be smarter. I think that people who know me know that’s now the kind of person I am.”
Lame, that’s all I can say of that apology, there is nothing sincere or contrite about it and it’s a stark contrast to Hader’s reaction when his tweets surfaced.
Turner’s mea cupla was better:
“There are no excuses for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter,” Turner said in a statement released by the Nationals. “I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly. I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am. But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”
Both teams also issued statements:
“I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “He understands that his comments — regardless of when they were posted — are inexcusable and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments do not in any way reflect the values of our club. Trea has been a good teammate and model citizen in our clubhouse, and these comments are not indicative of how he has conducted himself while part of our team. He has apologized to me and to the organization for his comments.”
From the Atlanta Braves:
“We are aware of the tweets that surfaced after today’s game and have spoken to Sean who is incredibly remorseful. Regardless of how long ago he posted them, he is aware of the insensitivity and is taking full responsibility.
“We find the tweets hurtful and incredibly disappointing and even though he was 18 or 19 years old when posted, it doesn’t make them any less tolerable. We will work together with Sean towards mending the wounds created in our community.”
In a weird side issue, it appears it wasn’t a coincidence that Turner’s tweets surfaced hours after Newcomb’s, according to the Post. “The offensive messages surfaced after a Nationals-centric Twitter account earlier Sunday dug up racist and homophobic tweets sent by ... Newcomb.”
In another weird side issue, Turner “lends his time to MLB’s ‘Shred Hate’ program, an anti-bullying initiative.” I guess he can use himself as an exhibit from now on.
The MLB has ordered that Hader take sensitivity training and choosing not to impose a fine or suspension since the tweets were before his time with the MLB. Newcomb and Turner will most likely get the same.
You can forgive both Newcomb and Turner for their homophobia and racist comment as teenagers if they’ve both changed. Turner, I am more convinced, but to be honest Newcomb’s response was lame. But you have to give credit to the MLB, they have directly addressed the issues, but I would suggest that these players spend some time going over their Twitter (social media) accounts and take care of business.