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Anthony Bowens
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Anthony Bowens

Anthony Bowens

Meet one of the artists, disruptors, educators, groundbreakers, innovators, and storytellers who all helped make the world a better place for LGBTQ+ people.

Anthony Bowens is a professional wrestler with All Elite Wrestling and the reigning title holder — along with Max Caster and Billy Gunn — of the AEW World Trios Championship. It’s his proudest accomplishment of 2023.

“I have the honor of being AEW’s first gay champion when I won the tag-team title last year. But we got the gold back around our waist and I’m super excited about it,” Bowens says of his championship belt, just days after his win at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The New Jersey native, who has been active in professional wrestling since 2013, came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in 2017. He’s excelled in an arena with few out figures, which makes being part of the Out100 particularly impactful.

“There’s a time where I wasn’t out, I was in the closet, and I didn’t know how that would affect my career,” Bowens shares. “And part of wanting to come out was to help people who were in my shoes and to do that through my love of professional wrestling.”

Memorably in June, an arena of adoring fans cheered, “He’s gay!” in support of Bowens when a female reporter suggested he was hitting on her. Bowens is also the self-proclaimed “Scissor King.” His signature move is forming an A formation with his fingers and sometimes performing a scissor-shake with others in a sign of friendship, sparking a trend in wrestling and beyond.

Recently, Bowens cleared another remarkable hurdle: becoming a homeowner. The process was “the worst experience I’ve ever had in my entire life. I’m so glad it’s over with,” he says. But the reward of the American Dream was worth the struggle. “My boyfriend and I [are] very, very happy to be living here in Los Angeles now.” @bowens_official


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