Two years ago, professional wrestler Anthony Bowens came as as bisexual but he just came out again: as gay.
In postings Bowens, 28, revealed more of his own journey,
“In short, just about two years ago I came out as bisexual which was truely [sic] how I viewed myself at the time. However, over the last six months or so I’ve started to less identify less and less with that label to the point where it doesn’t feel like ‘me’ anymore.
As people move on in their lives, the way they view the world and themselves tends to change and I’m no different. Which is why if you are to label me, I prefer to identify as gay.“
Hhe offers more of an explanation in a video he made with his boyfriend, Michael Pavano.
“There will be a mixed range of reactions and I address each one of them in the video. But anyway, thank you to everyone for reading and your continued support of Michael and I. I’m looking forward to continuing to entertain you in 2019 whether that be on YouTube, the ring, or beyond!
I really didn’t have a thought of men until maybe midway through high school, towards the latter end, I had a dream about one of my friends. But after that dream I was like, “Ooooh. Something’s different here.” … And then I identified myself then as liking both genders.
I came out as bisexual, which … was a very real thing. I identified as bisexual because I really didn’t know much about the LGBTQ community. I didn’t really dive into much because I was closeted. So the closest thing that I knew that I could relate to based upon that time period of my life was bisexual
As you get older, your viewpoints change. The way you look at the world changes, the way you look at yourself changes.
Specifically more so in the past couple of months, this past year, I was looking back at some old articles of mine because I was coming up with a new character for my wrestling career. And the articles kept labelling me as bisexual, and it was kind of annoying me that they had to continually put what I was, I couldn’t just be a professional wrestler, he’s the “bisexual pro wrestler”, but I just wasn’t identifying with that term any more.
I’m in love with Michael. I want to marry Michael. I’m picturing myself being with a man for the rest of my life, so the term bisexual just felt less and less me the more time went on. And I now feel more comfortable labelling myself as gay.
Bisexual people often experience biphobia or stigma within gay communities, or can even find themselves viewed with suspicion or distrust. Bowens is aware that some people may use his coming out as gay to support their own prejudices towards bisexual people. He says it must not be taken that way.
There are people who truly do identify as bisexual. And there are some people out there who will use that just because they are afraid to say that they’re gay, but not everybody’s like that, and I don’t think they should be judged for it because everybody has their own way of figuring themselves out.
Please don’t be a hypocrite. I think it’s very hypocritical as people who identify as LGBT who get judged by a lot of people about our lifestyle, then turn around and judge others in the same community…. I don’t understand why that happens or how that happens, but it does.
And I think you are a part of the problem if you are one of those people. So please do not be a hypocrite.“
(Phto, Youtube; via Gay Star News)