It’s Delight! All through June, HollywoodLife is operating The Sound Of Delight, a month-long characteristic the place members of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood decide songs that needs to be in your Delight 2022 playlist. For in the present day’s installment, unbiased wrestling legend Mercedes Martinez joins in to drop some traditional tracks about “embracing your true self,” a message that holds a particular place in her coronary heart.
As a twenty-year veteran of an trade that hasn’t at all times been variety to girls or to brazenly LGBTQ+ members, Mercedes’s title instructions respect; respect that she fought lengthy and onerous for. With stints in promotions like Shimmer Girls Athletes, World Wrestling Leisure, Ring of Honor, and Affect Wrestling. At present a part of All Elite Wrestling (and the ROH Girls’s champ), Mercedes has labored to make sure that girls and LGBTQ+ wrestlers are handled equally as their cishet counterparts. And whereas there’s nonetheless loads of work to be accomplished, Mercedes’ efforts imply she will probably be thought-about a pioneer, a frontrunner, and an icon when it’s all stated and accomplished.
She informed Out Sports activities in 2021 that she needed to cover her queer self initially of her profession as a result of “my life may very well be at risk.” Now, she’s making up for the misplaced time. “Be happy with who you might be, you’re true, genuine self,” Mercedes tells HollywoodLife when requested if she had a Delight message she wished to share. “You’re VALID, and there may be at all times a spot for you. Self-love is self-acceptance. The world will embrace you, and the neighborhood will at all times be right here to help, assist, and love you in your journey.”
To assist these on their journey, Mercedes has picked a trio (and a bonus observe!) for The Sound of Delight.
You’ll want to catch the celebrities of AEW and New Japan Professional Wrestling at Forbidden Door, happening on June 26 from the United Heart in Chicago. The AEW x NJPW occasion will probably be broadcast reside on PPV at 8 pm ET and streamed on-line by way of FiteTV. Don’t miss the thrilling motion.
Girl Gaga, “Born This Manner”
Mercedes: Don’t cover your self. BE your true self on what you are feeling inside no matter what folks see on the skin. We’re all born a sure means inside in our hearts, thoughts, and soul, not simply the gender. Gender doesn’t make us who we are supposed to be. We’re born this method to be our true selves.
Abba, “Dancing Queen”
It was the homosexual anthem in all of the drag golf equipment I went to in NYC. Makes you stand up off your seat to see the drags change into the Queens that they’re.
George Michael, “Freedom! ’90”
It’s about embracing your true self. Everybody struggles with private identification, however coming to be taught who you might be and what you’re keen on is what this track is all about.
Honorable Point out: Cyndi Lauper, “True Colours”
Easy and simple ahead. All the time present your true colours. Present your genuine self. It’s an inspiring anthem in the neighborhood, and though it’s not upbeat, it’s the phrases that matter on this track.
HollywoodLife: As we’ve been asking all month: what’s the total vibe or perspective of Delight 2022?
The neighborhood is coming collectively as a complete. PRIDE VIBE is simply that. The place the neighborhood is there for help, therapeutic, and love in occasions of uncertainty. In 2022, we’re all leaning on one another and serving to one another in some ways. PRIDE VIBE is constantly uplifting everybody to be their true genuine self and embrace one another for the variations we in the neighborhood carry.
Delight Month is a time to offer like to unsung heroes, so who would you prefer to get mainstream recognition?
I prefer to see LGTBQ+ athletes get extra mainstream recognition, not only for PRDIE month, however on a regular basis, year-round. I feel all of us must see these athletes, whether or not they’re professionals, amateurs, in highschool, and so on…they every have a narrative and confronted adversity that many in our neighborhood have and can face. These athletes are position fashions for a lot of and show that being your true genuine self is the one method to be.
We’re combating an even bigger struggle, and to be within the mainstream [we must be] uplifting to all which might be combating the identical struggle.
What are your plans for Delight 2022?
My plans are the identical yearly: to maintain pushing the agenda that PRIDE is all yr lengthy, not only a month.