It’s been a big year for LGBT players in the sports industry. The NCAA made history by having six openly gay players come out this year while NFL players, like Aaron Rodger, have gotten candid on their support for teammates that are coming out of the closet. Now it appears we’re seeing yet another moment of history, and he goes by the name of Jack Sexsmith.
Sexmith is an openly pansexual U.K pro wrestler who just made history by competing at PROGRESS’s annual Super Strong Style 16 (SSS16) – one of the top wrestling tournaments in the world.
He didn’t stop there, however. Sexsmith is also being praised for stepping away from his antics, such as having an arsenal of sex aids and his own leather-clad “gimp” slave, to shed light on a larger subject — being representative of his LGBT community.
In an interview with Wrestle:List the “sexualy frivolous” and “morally ambiguous” wrestler discussed how being able to wrestle at SSS16 was not only huge for his career, but for the LGBT community as well.
“I did my [PROGRESS] Face-to-Face interview and through that I wanted to make a point of saying – you know what, this is me and maybe I was insecure about myself as a person or wrestler,” said Sexsmith. “I was relying on my underhand tactics and capitalising on my opposition’s insecurities in order to be a threat. Now, whilst I still may be morally ambiguous in places, I’ve got a bit more about me, and I have a fire in my belly to represent these people.”
However, for Sexmith what really gets him going is the commentary and messages of gratitude that have been expressed to him following his matches.
“Getting good reactions and responses and putting my pansexual LGBT+ statement out on a stage like SSS16 was truly a special experience (...) I love wrestling, I love to wrestle, but the greatest thing I have got from being a wrestler has been getting these messages and tweets,” said Sexsmith. “Sometimes I just feel like a twat in a wrestling ring (...) But people are saying – you’re confident in yourself and you make me want to be more confident in who I am. It breaks me down inside.”
Being one of the highest rising talents in the British wrestling scene, it doesn’t appear that the comedic and flamboyant wrestler will be going away anytime soon. He hopes that in the years to come, he can be seen as more than just a performer, but as a fighter for his community as well.
“As a performer I know I prefer to be the protagonist. And I had to be a good guy (…) I don’t want the character to be hated. He stands for a lot more than just wrestling,” Sexsmith told The Sun.