For many, Princeton is an Ivy League college that is a popular dream school of aspiring college students, and AJ Lonski couldn’t wait to arrive there. 

Growing up, the LGBT wrestler was accustomed to homophobic taunts on the mat, particularly at his private Catholic high school, where he was varsity captain of a nationally rated team. But Princeton was supposed to be different.

Lonski writes about his experiences in an OP-ED for the Daily Princeton, where he states that "constant jokes" were made against minority group members of the team and women associated with the initiative. The usual conversation also included vitriolic slurs directed at LGBT individuals.

Lonski returned home after Princeton canceled in-person classes at the start of COVID, and realized how miserable he was. He quit the team in July 2021.

Lonski concludes his op-ed by stating he has met a new set of accepting friends that care about his mental health. He's also been involved with LGBT organizations on campus.

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LGBT-focused professional wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling Vibe has announced three honorees for the 2022 class of the Paris Honors, LGBTQ pro wrestling's version of a hall of fame. According to OutSports, pro wrestlers Dark Sheik and Eddy McQueen, as well as ring announcer/host Larry Legend, will be inducted in 2022.

Sheik, a trans pro wrestling legend, received her roses after 22 years in the ring, 12 of which she spent as the leader of the Oakland-based counter-culture wrestling sensation Hoodslam.

Since its inception in 2010, the business has had a significant impact on independent pro wrestling. Sheik, therefore, has become a role model for LGBT and trans wrestlers and fans alike.

After more than a decade in the ring, McQueen remains a leader for New York's LGBTQ pro wrestling scene.

McQueen, the queen of looks and champion of divas, forged his own route and paved the way for LGBT pro wrestlers to thrive in New York and New England.


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