All Elite Wrestling star Anthony Bowens had the perfect response to a group of vocal anti-LGBTQ protestors and preachers: sharing a smooch with his boyfriend in front of the haters.
Bowens, an out professional wrestler, posted a picture to his Instagram last month in front of signs held by protestors that read: “Trump, Make America Great Again: Ban Homo Marriage” and “HOMOS GO TO HELL.”
In the viral picture, Bowens is seen kissing his boyfriend, Michael Pavano, in front of the protestors.
“#Standup against hate,” he wrote in the caption.
His fans were supportive, commenting “Love never needs an explanation” and “The one is going to hell is the person waving that sign. Love is love and love accepted by God.”
Bowens came out as bisexual in 2017 and as gay in 2019.
“I’ve loved pro wrestling ever since I was 5 years old and I didn’t want my experience ruined because of other wrestlers thinking I got into it for the wrong (sexual) reasons,” Bowens wrote when he first came out. “The ring is my sanctuary, where nothing else matters. I couldn’t bear to think that if I came out, I’d spend most of my time worrying if the person I was wrestling was uncomfortable and didn’t want to work with me.”