Professional wrestling, known as lucha libre — literally, freestyle wrestling — is a big deal in Mexico. It’s a sport that’s generally associated with machismo: buff fighters with names like Nemesis and Aguila Imperial (Imperial Eagle) strut around in a rope-bound ring, wearing shiny spandex outfits and colorful masks. They make big threats and promise spectacular smackdowns. The high-flying attacks are mesmerizing.
It’s also an unlikely niche for Mexico’s LGBT community.
- A Brief and Unnecessary Defense of Lucha Libre as Art – The Intro (luchadorfenix.wordpress.com)
- Lucha Libre in Vancouver (lapir0.com)
- The Diamondbacks’ New Mascot Is a Lucha Libre Wrestler Because They Have Latino Fans And This Definitely Isn’t Racist Or Anything (sportsgrid.com)
- In Macho Mexico’s Lucha Libre, The ‘Lady’ Is Often The Champ (npr.org)