Current WWE Official Sonya Deville recently spoke with Michael Reiner of WKBN, and discussed her efforts to break down barriers, as the first openly gay female wrestler in WWE. Sonya also pitched ways the company can introduce LGBTQ superstars in the future, and so much more. Check out the highlights below.
On being the first openly gay female wrestler in WWE:
“I mean, it’s not something that I ever think about like that, right? It’s always just like, ‘Yeah, I am who I am, and I’m a WWE superstar.’ But obviously, I realize the effect and influence it has on other members of the LGBTQ community, and I love being a part of that. That change in that kind of power that I can give to them, like, ‘Hey, if I can do it, you can do it. And if I can be myself unapologetically, so can you. And you should never be ashamed or afraid of who you are or who you love. It’s should simply just be.'”
On ways WWE can introduce future LGBTQ Superstars:
“Just as you would have a male superstar on the phone with their wife in a backstage segment or interacting with another female, you just have two females or two males interacting, you know, or maybe I’m on the phone with my girlfriend while you’re filming backstage, you know, something like that, that just allows the inclusivity to be there and not in a forced inorganic way, kind of just how it is in life.”
On her dream match:
“I would love to wrestle Lita.”