January 3, 2019 at 3:04 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Pro wrestler Anthony Bowens comes out as gay
Anthony Bowens and Michael Pavano. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Pro wrestler Anthony Bowens came out as bisexual in 2017 but the 28-year-old now says he identifies as gay.

Bowens came out for the second time in a YouTube video titled “COMING OUT… again” with his boyfriend Michael Pavano.

“The main purpose of this video is to tell everybody that I prefer to be labeled now as gay. 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,” Bowens says in the video.

He continued: “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. And…but after that dream I was like, ‘Ooh. Something’s different here.’ And I kept having more of them…and then I identified myself then as liking both genders. I came out as bisexual.”

Bowens says at the time identifying as bisexual “was a very real thing” and that he chose the label because he didn’t know much about the LGBT community.

“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 at some old articles of mine because I was coming up with a new character for my wrestling career. And the articles kept labeling 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, I was the ‘bisexual pro wrestler’ but I just wasn’t identifying with that term anymore,” Bowens says.

Bowens publicly came out as bisexual in 2017 after his teammates found a video Pavano posted on YouTube of the couple doing “The Laughing Challenge.”

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