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Crosscurrents is our award-winning radio news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays at 11 a.m. on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community. Listen to full episodes at kalw.org/crosscurrents

Queer Performers Making Space In Professional Wrestling

Bambina faces off with an opponent.
Walter D. Huckaby
Bambina faces off with an opponent.

This story most recently aired in the June 21, 2023 episode of Crosscurrents.

You can trace the roots of professional wrestling, like WWE, back to pre-civil war America, but, until recently, there haven’t been many LGBTQIA performers in the spotlight. That’s beginning to change.

In this story, we meet Bambina, a trans wrestler making her way in the Bay Area independent wrestling scene.

My father wanted me to be a baseball player and I wanted to be a lady wrestler and the fortunes have aligned such that I was able to meet in the middle of our two dreams.

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Christopher J. Beale is an independent radio host, producer, and journalist living in San Francisco.