Charlie Morgan, born Yasmin Josephine Lander, recently surprised fans when she announced her retirement last year. After suffering an injury, everyone expected her to return to the ring. Unfortunately, the break to her ankle was, “far worse than she ever could have imagined.” But a couple of years before, she surprised a different crowd during a promo show, when she came out as a lesbian in the ring.
The crowd’s reaction? A whole lot of cheering. In 2019 during Wrestle Queen II, Morgan announced her retirement. She was just 27 years old at the time.
Sonya Deville, AKA Daria Rae Berenato, made a name for herself in the WWE in 2015, when she impressed on Tough Enough. The wrestler lives in Orlando and is the first openly gay woman in the organization.
She has come to become known in the league as “Daddy Deville,” in hopes to combat the misogynistic meaning of the term in many circles. She also launched her own clothing line recently called Rainbow Love through Heavy Heart, which centers around love, kindness, and acceptance. She is hopeful there will be a full-on lesbian storyline in the WWE soon!
WWE Diva Rosa Mendes was on the opposite end of the famed kiss with Paige. And, lots of time no one was sure if it was just a publicity stunt or what was going on, it turns out that Mendes is attracted to both men and women. She revealed her bisexuality in 2014.
Soon after, she announced her engagement and expected pregnancy with musician and clothing company owner, Bobby Schubenski. The couple gave birth to their daughter in 2018. Mendez is now going by Milena Roucka, and she has over 940,000 followers on Instagram, where she’s posted, “I love being a mom.”
American born Cassandro works as a professional wrestler in Mexico and travels the world doing promo shows. He has been wrestling professionally since 1989 and operates as an Exótico, which are gay male wrestlers dressed in drag.
Most Exóticos are straight, or at least, a lot of them are, though Cassandro is openly gay. The New Yorker published an article about him in 2016, and in 2018, he was the subject of his own documentary film. He has also appeared on Conan and is a huge star in Mexico.
Shayna Baszler rose to fame in the world of professional fighting after making an impression during her first MMA match back in 2006. She is multitalented and is both a Khun Kru in Muay Thai, and a brown belt in jiu-jitsu. She recently came out as LGBTQA and is still very much active in the WWE.
She has still been performing on Raw, despite the recent rumors of her being out due to an injury. She has been off for a couple of weeks during the pandemic, though there are again rumors swirling about Vince McMahon “not understanding her wrestling style.”