Anthony Bowens breaks free in a shoot with Robbie Joseph

He may have just come out as bisexual, but pro wrestler Anthony Bowens broke free last year in a photo shoot for NY photographer Robbie Joseph.

Anthony Bowens by Robbie Joseph
Anthony Bowens by Robbie Joseph

As a professional wrestler Anthony Bowens’ “wardrobe” is basically a pair of underwear that hugs his muscular frame and leaves little to the imagination.

Being openly bisexual in the macho world of pro wrestling could be perceived as a problem. Anthony Bowens told Outsports that it’s what kept him closeted to all but a few from the time he started wrestling as a pro five years ago.

It took a Youtube video to make me see that coming out was not going to be the problem I thought it would be. It was this past fall and I was three months into a relationship with my boyfriend, Michael Pavano. Mike and I had uploaded a video to YouTube on his channel called “The Laughing Challenge,” where he described me as his boyfriend.

Weeks later, I received a text that made my stomach drop. It was from my best friend in the wrestling business, and someone I specifically made sure to keep my secret from. The text read: “Bro, why didn’t you tell me?” I knew exactly what he meant but I played dumb. “What do you mean?” I replied. He response was that he saw “the video.” Much to my great relief, he told me he didn’t care and that I was one of his best friends in the business.

Anthony Bowens by Robbie Joseph

You can read Anthony’s interview at Outsports and you can see the full Chains photo series at Robbie Joseph’s website

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