The following is an excerpt from an article on Orlando Jordan from OutSports.com:
â€œThereâ€™s a very small percent of people who empower society on a global basis. Maybe one percent. If everyone was a pioneer, itâ€™d make things a lot easier. But thatâ€™s not the case. And thereâ€™s a price that comes with being a pioneer, but I would not expect anything less because thatâ€™s who I am,â€ said Jordan, a former collegiate All-American wrestler who lives in Miami and has been wrestling professionally since 1999.
Jordan attended Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va., where he was a two-sport standout (football and wrestling). He then went wrestled at Boise State University.
â€œIâ€™m proud of a lot of things in my life, including my sexuality,â€ said Jordan, who battled autism as a child, was an amateur boxer and was a member of the U.S. Forest Service.
â€œMy character in TNA is pretty eccentric. But, in pro wrestling, the first priority is to be on top of the sport. Behind the smoke and mirrors of the characterâ€™s antics [and] his flamboyancy is a drive to be the best in the business. Thatâ€™s my goal.â€
Jordan knows the character likely will have critics â€“ from fans and other wrestlers. But heâ€™s not worried. â€œIâ€™ll worry when they stop talking about me or the character,â€ he said.
Jordan is proud and optimistic that his TNA character is a positive step forward for the LGBT community and beyond.
â€œI really hope this character helps troubled teens, be it [those struggling] because of their race or their sexuality,â€ Jordan said. â€œIf this character makes life even just a little bit easier for someone else, then Iâ€™ll be really happy.â€
Jordan said he never had a formal â€˜coming out.â€™ His close friends have always known he is bisexual, he said. And if anyone asked, he always answered honestly.
â€œI have always felt I am who I am, and have always stood by that. I donâ€™t ever worry what others think about me,â€ he said.
Check out the full article at OutSports.com.