Sonya Deville has been steadfast in her support of the Speaking Out movement, which has seen multiple women come forward to reveal their stories and allegations of abuse, assault, and misconduct at the hands of male wrestlers.
Speaking to The Mirror, Sonya discussed the movement and the uncomfortable conversations needed to change wrestling.
"The last five years, from the time I came out on Tough Enough to now, has really been a learning process for me and becoming more comfortable with myself. So to know that I went through all those real scary emotions, and a lot of my fans are going through that same kind of stuff right now, and I can be sort of a positive influence or comfort to them knowing that I did it, and they can do it, it means a lot to me. Conversation is change and I've always said that," she said. "We have to start a conversation; we have to have the uncomfortable conversations to make any kind of change. Nobody grows by staying still, you know what I mean? You don't get anywhere by staying still."
Sonya has been at the forefront of the LGBTQ community among WWE superstars, but Finn Balor has been right behind her, often showing his support for the community with merchandise and even a WrestleMania entrance.
"For him to use the large platform that he stands on to spread such a good message, he's always been a good friend of mine, he's just like one of the greatest guys I've ever met, and for him to use his voice as an ally is so important, it's such a big statement," said Deville about Balor.
Balor previously donated 20% of the proceeds of a special rainbow themed t-shirt to GLAAD.
Sonya is currently involved in a feud with Mandy Rose on WWE SmackDown.