Parrow On The Importance Of Effy’s Big Gay Brunch, Signing With MLW
In recent years, professional wrestling has seen an influx of LGBTQ+ talent with several names finding success in WWE and AEW.
Parrow, an openly gay professional wrestler, recently was announced for Major League Wrestling’s restart and is looking to make an impact in his new home promotion. Speaking with OutSports.com, Parrow spoke about what this next stage in his career means for him.
“[MLW] was one of the first places I was working when I came out… It’s almost like coming back home,” Parrow told Outsports. “What people don’t understand about being closeted, it hinders our success in anything we do. Our straight counterparts don’t have those reservations,” Parrow said. “There’s always the perception of ‘Am I going to get fired if I tell them?’ That hinders our athletic ability. But when we come out and we’re visible… we are very successful at what we do.”
He continued, “It’s a high level of talent there. MLW is putting something out there, especially with heavyweights, that a lot of companies aren’t doing,” Parrow added.
“I got married and three days later the world shut down. I went from having all these plans for wrestling this year to ‘Am I ever going to wrestle again,’” Parrow said. “It got real for a lot of people … I’m blessed to have the opportunity to come back. Especially to a place that I started with, where I came out and that feels like home.”
Recently, Effy hosted The Big Gay Brunch during the weekend of GCW’s Collective. An event that celebrated all of the LGBTQ+ talent in wrestling. Parrow opened up about the moment he shared with Effy after the show.
“After the show, EFFY and I hugged and cried. We cried because of the frustration. I don’t think people understand how frustrating it is being openly gay in wrestling. It’s still not very comfortable for a lot of people to be themselves in the locker room. You still feel different, and to see them go out there and kill it gave me and EFFY hope,” he added.
EFFY recently spoke with WrestleZone about the impact of the Big Gay Brunch, as well as being awarded a Proclamation from the local government for the event and how other large wrestling companies are (or aren’t) featuring more LGBTQ+ talent on their shows.
Check out the full interview below: