Wrestling just got gayer.
Atlas gained international attention as on the indie wrestling scene in 2017 when he won the 2017 Southern California Rookie of the Year Award. That promise led to winning several championships and high-profile matches. It also led to Atlas coming out.
Atlas’ profile and visibility led him to being named one of Queerty’s “Out for Good” recipients in 2018. At the time of his coming out, Atlas spoke about he homophobia he experienced from his family growing up, saying he’d come out “about my sexuality to be a voice for those that struggle with this issue like I have for many, many years; to be a voice that reminds everyone in the same shoes that there is nothing you cannot achieve.”
In a Queerty exclusive, he said “Coming out is a force for positive change because of the influence it leaves on the LGBTQ community that experiences hardship, confusion, and backlash for expressing their identity. My reasoning in doing so was to leave a lasting impact on young LGBTQ athletes who may still believe they cannot experience happiness not success in industries that don’t showcase diversity and inclusion. I hope to bring change and awareness that individuality and authenticity are crucial to personal and societal development.”
As he joins the ranks of the WWE, Atlas fulfills that change. Bravo, brother.