IMPACT Wrestling star Gisele Shaw has defiantly told the world she is a transgender woman and is proud of it!
Coming out is never easy. You need to pick the right moment, the right time, and tell the right people. For Gisele Shaw, she’s ticked every box, all while being a strong representative for the LGBTQIA+ community.
‘The Quintessential Diva’ has proudly come to the world as a transgender athlete. She did so while at Toronto Pride in Canada, before speaking exclusively with the San Francisco Chronicle:
“There is really no perfect time to be coming out. It’s my journey. Now just felt right for me.”
Making her pro wrestling debut in January 2015, Gisele Shaw has quickly one of the top female stars on the independent circuit. She’s a top star in several British promotions, including Revolution Pro Wrestling, PROGRESS Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling: EVE, holding championships in all three. She most recently dropped PROGRESS’ Women’s World Championship to Kanji.
Considering where Gisele Shaw currently finds herself in terms of being part of one of the world’s most recognisable pro wrestling companies, coming out could’ve put a ton of pressure on her. Shaw, it seems, is taking this as an opportunity to be a positive role model:
“Sports is great, I would want everyone to be included. People are getting away from, that trans people are discriminated against, that trans people are the targets of violence. That’s why I want to come out now, to help people hear about these things, that are so much more important than what they’re talking about on sports.”
Gisele Shaw officially joined IMPACT Wrestling in January 2022, with vignettes hyping the arrival of ‘The Quintessential Diva’. Her latest match for the Anthem-helmed promotion saw her and Alisha Edwards unsuccessfully challenge The Influence for the Knockouts World Tag Team Championships in a match aired 12 May.
IMPACT issued a press release following Shaw’s coming out going public in a series of interviews. They expressed their full support for Gisele, with IMPACT EVP Scott D’Amore and new Knockouts World Champion Jordynne Grace praising her as an inspiration.