UPDATE: Impact Wrestling has issued a statement of support for Gisele Shaw after she announced that she’s a transgender woman. The company issued the following press release showing support for Shaw, who is signed with the company:
IMPACT Wrestling Supports Gisele Shaw
IMPACT Wrestling Knockout competitor Gisele Shaw has disclosed she is a transgender woman to the wider public. Shaw, who joined IMPACT’s roster in January of this year, informed IMPACT of her decision several months ago and made the disclosure in a series of interviews today.
IMPACT Wrestling fully supports Gisele, including connecting her with prominent LGBTQ+ resources, including GLAAD and Athlete Ally, and will continue to support her.
IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice-President Scott D’Amore said: “IMPACT Wrestling has been at the forefront of empowering female performers for over 15 years. Our company believes featuring storylines with women athletes and characters from all different walks of life can not only entertain, but also inspire.
“Inclusiveness and representation are important to IMPACT and parent company Anthem Sports & Entertainment, but I’ll also add Gisele is in IMPACT Wrestling because of her wrestling ability, her charisma and because she fits in with our roster. She is in IMPACT Wrestling because she’s one of the best young talents anywhere in the business.”
Reigning IMPACT Knockouts World Champion Jordynne Grace expressed her whole-hearted support for Shaw’s decision. She said: “As her friend, I’m excited for Gisele to be able to inspire people with her story. I know that is important to her. I’m biased, but I think the trans community has a great role-model in her.”
ORIGINAL: During an interview with Breakfast Television in Canada (via PWInsider), Gisele Shaw announced that she has been living her life as a transgender woman and is proud of that fact. Here are highlights:
On making the decision to publicly reveal herself: “It’s super scary, but the more I speak about it, I feel it just gets normalized and I feel more free and accepting of my own self and loving myself. I think that’s really important.”
On timing her announcement with Pride month: “It means so much to me, because I feel Toronto pride. It’s about being proud and being authentic and true to yourself. It’s so important to just love yourself and to be true to who you are.”