I had the wonderful opportunity last week to talk with Kevin Nash, one of the most popular professional wrestlers over the last 15 years. Among other things, Kevin told me in the interview:
- "I lost a first cousin to AIDS. I've got members of my family who are gay."
- He doesn't care if a guy looks at him in the shower "as long as he's looking and approving."
- "When you have family who are "alternative lifestyle," it's not that big of a deal. It's just part of our family. It's no big deal."
- "I just wondered if there was a gay NASCAR driver, how that guy would get over. If wrestling is "good-ole-boy", there's only one thing more "good-ole-boy" than wrestling, and that's NASCAR. You can't tell me one of those guys isn't gay."
- There are people in professional wrestling who are openly gay.
A pretty cool guy. You can read the whole interview at Outsports.
In assigning a category for this entry, I chose "sports," though many would argue that "entertainment" would be more accurate. But that shows a complete misunderstanding of professional wrestling. Yes, the outcome of the competitions are pre-determined. But these guys are really wrestling, really injuring themselves. Nash is presently recovering from shoulder surgery; I don't know many actors who routinely have to have parts of them mended (and a nosejob doesn't count).