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Anthony Bowens kisses boyfriend in front of anti-gay protesters in powerful post

"Stand up against hate."

By Jamie Tabberer

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Instagram/@bowens_official

Anthony Bowens flipped the metaphorical finger at a bunch of homophobic protestors in a recent social media post.

The professional wrestler shared a picture of him and his boyfriend Michael Pavano kissing in front of a scrum holding signs such as: ‘homos go to hell’ and ‘Trump, make America great again: ban homo marriage.’

In his caption for the picture, the 30-year-old former Attitude cover star simply wrote: “Stand up to hate,” while tagging Pavano on Twitter.

“I love you forever & always”

In response, Pavano commented on Elite Wrestling star Bowen’s Insta post saying: “I love you forever & always.”

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A post shared by Anthony Bowens (@bowens_official)

Bowens came out publicly as bisexual in 2016, before clarifying in a 2019 Twitter post that he identifies as gay.

“In short, just about two years ago I came out as bisexual which was truly how I viewed myself at the time,” the star said. 

“However, over the last 6 months or so I’ve started [to] identify less and less with that label to the point where it doesn’t feel like it’s ‘me’ anymore.

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A post shared by Michael Pavano (@michaelpavano)

“As people move on in their lives, the way they view the world and themselves tends to change and I’m no different.

“Which is why if you are to label me, I prefer to identify as gay. There will be a [range] of reactions and I address each one of them in the [accompanying YouTube] video.”

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