Video: Hottie Pro Wrestler Anthony Bowens Now Identifies As Gay, Not Bi

Professional wrestler Anthony Bowens has come out - again.

After coming out in 2017 as bisexual, Bowens now says he’s come to the point where the term doesn’t really apply to him today.

“It’s on to a new year, a new journey and, apparently, a new label,” says the hunky 28-year-old.

“The main purpose of this video is to tell everybody that I prefer to be labeled now as gay,” he begins. In advance of the reactions he’s bracing for, Bowens admits, “There’s going to be ‘thank you, it’s great that you’re being open and honest and we love you,’ there’s going to be the ‘well, we knew that,’ and there’s going to be the ‘bi now gay later’ people.”




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The hunky wrestler says he initially identified as bisexual as he “didn’t know much about the LGBTQ community” and he had been attracted to both genders. 

While he still advocates for bisexuality (‘100 percent’), Bowens says, “As you get older, your viewpoints change; the way you look at the world changes; the way you look at yourself changes.”

He shares that recently, in looking back at some old articles featuring him, he realized the word ‘bisexual’ was used over and over to describe him.

“It was kind of annoying me that they had to continually put what I was,” he lamented. “I couldn’t just be a professional wrestler, I was the ‘bisexual pro wrestler,’ but I just wasn’t identifying with that term any more.”




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Bowens’ relationship with boyfriend Michael Pavano, who he met in 2016, also has impacted the way he views himself.

“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’ felt less and less me the more time went on,” he tells his YouTube audience. “And I now feel more comfortable labeling myself as ‘gay.’”

The athlete also stresses that he didn’t use the term ‘bisexual’ as a gateway to ‘gay.’ It’s just how life unfolded for him.

“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,” explains Bowen.

“Please don’t be a hypocrite,” implores Bowen. “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.”

Amen, Anthony.

You can watch ‘COMING OUT…again’ below.






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South Korean Video Gamer Hyeon 'EFFECT' Hwang Came Out As Bisexual

A professional video gamer in South Korea has come out as bisexual.

Hyeon Hwang, known in the gaming world by the nickname EFFECT, is a player on the professional Overwatch team called the Dallas Fuel.

Recently, EFFECT posted to twitter, in his native language, that he’s bisexual.

Thanks to a separate account that translated EFFECT’s initial post, we have the following translation of EFFECT’s message.

“It is true that I am bisexual. I’ve been hiding it since young and never even showed a hint ot anyone except my family (even they got mad immediately). I finally putting down this burden after the hard time of hiding. Sorry for causing the confusion with such sudden announcement [sic].”

LGBTQ visibility is becoming more apparent in the gaming world of late.

Professional gamer Dominique McLean also came out earlier this year on Twitter. The world renown player, who also won the Best Esports Player Award at the 2018 Game Awards, proclaims that he is a black, gay furry who’s also the world’s best gamer.

In addition, video games themselves are becoming more LGBTQ inclusive with intense anticipation for upcoming games like The Last of Us Part 2. Until those games arrive, many indie games have filled the gap with LGBTQ centric stories. This includes games like Newfound Courage, Dream Daddy, Let’s Meat Adam, and more.

Visibility is also something that South Korea gravely needs. While LGBTQ people are living fairly peacefully in the country, excluding in the military, there is still religious-based opposition to them. While thousands showed up to celebrate the Seoul Queer Pride Parade this year, thousands more showed up to protest it.

That said, there is an increase in visibility with LGBTQ celebrities such as the first gay South Korean pop star named Holland who debuted late last year.

Now, EFFECT has joined the fray and created more representation for local and international fans.

Breaking Glass Gets Distribution Rights For Threesome Film "We Are Three"

Philadelphia-based distribution company Breaking Glass Pictures just got the North American rights to We Are Three.

The Argentinian film centers on a bisexual, threeway relationship between Nacho, Anam and Sebastian, played by Charly Etchévers, Flor Dragonetti and Juan Manuel Martino, who meet at a birthday party. First, Ana and Nacho think their threesome was a one-night flight, but are surprised when Sebastian asks for more.

According to Variety, Breaking Glass Pictures has won the rights to distribute We Are Three or Somos Tr3s across North America.

Before this, the film was celebrated at the 2017 Ventana Sur film festival in Buenos Aires. The movie has also already appeared in North America through other festivals such as Outshine Miami, the Santo Domingo Film Festival, the Seattle Latino Film Festival, and the Gender Bender Film Festival.

Screenwriter Marcelo Briem Stamm expressed how excited he is to have Breaking Glass take on the film.

"As a writer and director, I am interested in creating stories that have lead characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans,” he said.

“Director Briem Stamm follows up his cult-hit ‘Solo’ with a refreshing new take on the concept of a ‘threesome relationship,’” said Richard Ross, co-president of Breaking Glass. “An extremely attractive and talented cast, honest situations, and sharp dialogue draw us into their world and make us feel a connection to the characters,” he added.

“Breaking Glass Pictures is the perfect house for quality LGBT titles,” added Ida Martins, CEO of Media Luna.

'Thor: Ragnarok' Star Talks About THAT Cut Bisexual Scene From The Movie

Actress Tessa Thompson talks why a scene depicting her character's sexuality in Thor: Ragnarok was later cut in post-production.

Rumors have been going around that there was a scene indicating Valkyrie’s, played by Thompson, sexuality. In it, the character is relaxing in her bedroom with another woman. The scene then shows the other woman leaving.

While talking to the Independent, the star shares why this scene was eventually kicked out. She says it’s simply because the scene had no relevance to the rest of the story.

“It wasn’t Marvel or Disney or anyone extracting that because it was an issue,” she explained.

“It just was like, that particular moment didn’t make sense in the context of the scene. And there were other beautiful things where you get a sense of her back story.”

Related: Why Marvel Should Give Us 3 Min Gay Romance Or None At All

Thompson says though that she performed the role with the explicit detail of her sexuality as a constant factor.

“The woman that dies is her lover. In performance, we were, like, ‘That’s your lover.’ So in my mind, it isn’t cut.”

She later added: “I played her as a woman that’s queer. I hope that we get to a space, in terms of the stories that we tell, where that’s something that gets to exist, and it doesn’t have to be noteworthy.”

In addition, the conversation also discussed Tessa’s own sexuality and her relationship with singer Janelle Monae

The actress explains that while she is attracted to both genders, she does not like to be labeled as one thing or another. Particularly, many people started referring to her as bisexual after she revealed a past of dating both genders. But for Thompson, that’s not right.

“There were a lot of people that said, ‘Oh she’s bisexual.’ I never said that word, because I don’t think in those binaries.”

Violent Attack Leaves Psychological Scars On Bisexual Teen

A teen living in Nuneaton, a town in northern Warwickshire, England, was viciously attacked, beaten and reportedly left for dead because he identifies as bisexual.

CoventryLive reports the attackers were charged in the attack and pleaded guilty to the assault, but received no jail time. Instead, they were given referral orders (a form of community service) and ordered to pay compensation.

The teen had been spending the day with friends when he was approached by one of the two attackers.

“What you hanging around with him for, you do know he’s bi,” said the first assailant.

The other then said, “Is this right?” as he launched into the violent beating.

When one of the victim’s friends said, “I can’t believe you hit him because he is gay,” one of the attackers replied, “I haven’t got a problem with gay people, but I have got a problem with greedy bis like him.”

The teen was allegedly knocked to the ground and the attackers began to kick him before dragging him into a wooded area.

As the beating continued, the teen says they threatened him if he told the police: “If you give our names to the police, we will find you and kill you.”

At home, he told his mother “three lads in balaclavas” had attacked him as the attackers had told him to say. But when he was taken to the hospital, all pretense fell away and he shared the truth of the beating.

Although the physical injuries of the attack began to heal, it is the psychological scars that continued to plague the boy.

His mother says he became a recluse, and she would sometimes find him “huddled with his hands over his head.” Eventually, the teen would refuse to leave his house out of fear.

Although people in the community rallied around him with support, the young boy says,“I just wish that the police and the court had done their jobs properly.”

“I feel let down, I feel like no-one did their jobs properly because, if they did, one of them would be in jail,” he told ConventryLive. “They attacked me because I am bisexual, what happened has changed my life, it has made me constantly look over my back.”

The after-effects of the attack were so severe, the family has moved from Nuneaton for fear the boy would run into his attackers.

HIs mother says that he has begun to recover some of his old self from before the beating, but isn’t sure he’ll ever truly shake off the memory.

Having moved away, the family is coming forward now in an effort to highlight the injustice they feel they experienced.

“He just wants to stop any other kids going through what he has been through,” the mother shared with CoventryLive. “If they (the police) had said from day one it was not a hate crime, it wouldn’t have been so bad but all the way through we just kept being told that one of them might go to prison.”

For their part, the Warwickshire Police Force said through a spokesman, “We can confirm it was thoroughly investigated as a hate crime and charged as a hate aggravated crime.”

(h/t CoventryLive)

New Study Says Being Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Are Risk Factors For Misuse Of Opioids

A new research study finds that being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is a risk indicator for misuse of opioids.

Opioids are a class of drugs that range from heroin to prescription drugs like oxycodone, morphine, and more.

Researchers working at New York University’s School of Medicine conducted a study that was recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine under the title, "Sexual Orientation Disparities in Prescription Opioid Misuse Among U.S. Adults."

The study found it’s data through information provided by the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. On top of other things, the 42,802 respondents were asked questions about their sexual orientation, misuses of opioids (meaning unprescribed used), and prescribed use of opioids.

Using the opioid specific data, the scientists at NYU framed their study around the relation of sexual orientation to opioid use.

The results found that 5 percent of self-identified straight respondents misused opioids in the year before that survey. Meanwhile, 9 percent of gay and lesbian individuals admitted to the same. Then, 12 percent of bisexual respondents also misused opioids in that year.

In addition, only 1 percent of straight-identified respondents used opioids at all in the month before the survey. Then, 4 percent of bisexual respondents said the same.

Plus, the study found that women who identify as bisexual were twice as likely to misuse opioids than any other group. Researchers believe the potential reason for this is that opioids are used to cope from the stress and stigma around being bisexual in both the straight and gay/lesbian worlds.

As the study explains:

"Our study highlights that adults of sexual minority status -- particularly women identifying as bisexual -- are at increased risk for opioid misuse," said senior study author Joseph J. Palamar. "With the opioid crisis escalating nationwide, it is important to focus on preventing misuse among groups at highest risk."

The paper also added:

"Primary care providers, educators, and even parents should consider sexual orientation when assessing those at risk of opioid misuse," said Dustin T. Duncan, lead author of the study. "Not only do we need to consider sexual orientation as a risk factor, but we also need to monitor these groups more closely once they've been identified."

h/t: Deccan Chronicle

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Projected To Become First Openly Bisexual US Senator

The Cook Political Report is projecting that Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will win her US Senate race in Arizona.

According to the latest vote counts, Sinema has expanded her lead over anti-LGBTQ Republican Martha McSally to 31,666 votes (1,075,579 vs 1,043,913).

McSally held a small lead on election night with partial returns being counted, but the next day many mail-in ballots were still uncounted in Democratic leaning areas of the state.

Sinema's campaign released a statement today calling her current lead "insurmountable."

In order for McSally to overcome the current vote deficit, she would have to win the remaining 162,000 votes in Maricopa County by 22%, even though she has been losing that county so far.

Sinema will be the first ever openly bisexual US Senator, the first female senator from Arizona, and the first Democratic senator since Sen. Dennis DeConcini left office in 1995.

She will join out lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin as the only two LGBTQ members of the US Senate.

Check Out The Cast From The Upcoming Bisexual Dating Series "The Bi Life"

The cast of a new bisexual reality show has been revealed.

We shared with you in August that drag queen and Big Brother winner Courtney Act would be hosting a new reality show about the lives and relationships of bisexual, pansexual, and sexually fluid people.

This 10-part series, titled The Bi Life, has apparently gotten some great scenes while filming and Courtney Act says it’s a real treat.

“There’s been lots of sparks and some tears. When someone goes on a date, the rest of the cast sometimes have the opportunity to watch them on the date. It’s kind of like watching a sports match – [you have] your team and the opposition but you want it to end well,” said Courtney.

But who are the members in the cast? Knowing our audience, here are the names and portraits of the men from the series.

Ryan Cleary

Matt Brindley

Michael Gunning

Kyle McGovern

The Bi Life premieres on British and Irish tv screens on October 25 on E!.

HIV Diagnoses Rose Faster Among Young Gay, Bisexual Men, New Study Says

Do you think the youth of America are getting tested? Are teens and twenty somethings taking the responsibility and testing for HIV?

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that HIV diagnoses are rising faster for young men who have sex with men (MSM) than for their older MSM peers. However, the extent to which the rates are being driven by increased testing or by an increase in transmission is unclear.

The CDC reported that between 2008-2016, the annual number of new HIV diagnoses among young MSM (those aged 13-29) increased by 3 percent per year, while decreasing 4 percent per year among MSM aged 30-49, and remaining virtually unchanged for MSM over the age of 50. Overall, the number of new infections among the youngest cohort of MSM was four times higher than among the 50-plus age group, MD Magazine reports. - mdmagazine.com

So are younger men getting tested more and therefore being diagnosed more?  Are the "older" men not getting tested as much?

Andrew Mitsch, MPH, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said the age-cohort disparities themselves were not a surprise, but he and his colleagues were struck by the size of the gaps. However, Mitsch told MD Magazine® the increase in diagnoses among young MSM might not be due to risky behavior.

“The increase in annual HIV diagnoses among younger gay and bisexual males might reflect increased HIV testing, in addition to ongoing transmission,” he said. “Our report suggests that the public health community and partners are reaching more members of this vulnerable group with HIV testing. It’s important to note, however, that some younger gay and bisexual males—like American Indian and Asian—are presenting at diagnosis with advanced immunosuppression.” - mdmagazine.com

But here in Wilton Manors, it seems every Friday and Saturday night there is at least one mobile testing center parked near one of the 14 gay bars on Wilton Drive. In my head, I'm thinking ... I hope the young men of our community are using this service.  Maybe I should just be thinking every gay man should be taking advantage of this service.  

Of course, when ever we mention HIV these days, the PrEP debate/usage comes up as well.

One issue hanging over the discussion is utilization rates of PrEP, the pre-exposure prophylactic. Overall usage remains very low and varies widely by region. A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this month highlighted some of those disparities.

“[T]hough the CDC estimates that more than 1.1 million people in the United States would benefit from PrEP, it has been prescribed to less than 150,000 people since it went on the market,” wrote Robert H. Goldstein, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues. “Of these prescriptions, nearly 75% went to white gay or bisexual men, predominantly those living in the Northeast or on the West Coast.”

Mitsch agreed that access to PrEP remains an issue, but he said awareness is also a challenge.
“There is still work to do to increase knowledge of PrEP among both health care providers and a broader population of people who would benefit from its use,” he said. - mdmagazine.com

The best thing for all of this is communication.  Communication with your doctors, with your partners, and even with your friends.  Even a heated debate is one where HIV/AIDS is being discussed. It's a topic, a worry, a concern that will be with us for many years to come. 

When was the last time you were tested?  I get tested twice every year, once in April (my birth month) and once at Thanksgiving. It's just easy for me to remember and it's now habit since 1998, when I became sexually active. And to be honest, there are years where I have more tests than sexual partners. 

Do you have a personal schedule for getting tested? Or do you wait until you think you might have "a scare" and then get tested?

h/t: mdmagazine.com

Study Focusing On Bisexual People Shows Hidden Issues With Health, Poverty, And Discrimination

A new report by the Center for American Progress (otherwise known as CAP) revealed that bisexual people face poverty, mental health issues, and identity issues at higher degrees than their lesbian and gay peers.

The study was conducted with the belief that there isn’t enough data out there concerning just bisexual people. Instead, bisexual people are often tied together with their gay and lesbian peers. Yet, the bisexual experience is unique and different from these two groups.

As such, CAP conducted a survey in which it asked questions of 1,864 LGBTQ adults (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender, queer, asexual) and 1,007 heterosexual and cisgender/nontransgender adults.

Once the data was collected, the results were specifically separated by groups defined by sexuality. This is how CAP was able to compare the results concerning bisexual people to their heterosexual and homosexual peers.

As for the results, they found that bisexual+ people, as pansexual and queer people who have experienced attraction to more than one sex were merged with bisexual respondents, reported several unfortunate circumstances.

First, Bi+ men were four times as likely to report living in poverty compared to straight men. The numbers surmounted to 24% Bi+ men reporting a life in poverty, 12% gay men, and 6% straight men. Meanwhile, Bi+ women were at 21%, 13% of lesbians reported the same, and 14% of straight women also reported as such.

In addition, Bi+ women were less likely to report that they were currently working. 53% of bi women said so while 76% of lesbian said they were employed, and 65% of straight women said the same. For the men, the numbers were a little closer with Bi+ men at 65%, Gay men at 70%, and Straight men at 78%.

In addition, Bi+ women were more likely to use public benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid than their straight and lesbian peers. 27% and 21% of Bi+ women said they were using SNAP and Medicaid respectively while only 10% of Lesbians said they were using either program. Also, 10% and 16% of Straight women said they were using SNAP and Medicaid.

Sadly, the news doesn’t end there as Bi+ men reported worse mental health outcomes than straight men and bi+ women reported experiencing poorer physical and mental health outcomes than straight women and lesbians combined.

Lastly, the study shared the fact that bisexual erasure plays a part in the poor experiences of bisexual people too. While bisexual people with a partner of a different gender may not experience discrimination in the way that their gay or lesbian peers do, they experience bisexual erasure through feelings of shame or isolation.

It is important to note that the data found in this survey is not statistically significant because of the sample size. That said, they give an idea into a community that is often erased or combined with other groups.

What’s really important about this survey is the fact that it teaches us to separate bisexual people from the rest of the LGBTQ community when it comes time to research. Their responses and experiences are unique enough to warrant individual attention.