Wrestling for Mom

In his new biography, Batista Unleashed, WWE heavyweight champion Dave "the Animal" Batista goes to the mat for his lesbian mother.

BY Paul Pratt

November 06 2007 12:00 AM ET

Throughout your autobiography, you mention running
with a rough group of kids. Were you ever made fun of
for having a lesbian mother?
Never. I was a pretty tough kid. I don’t
know if they were just too afraid to say anything or
what. In San Francisco, it’s really no big
deal, but I don’t remember ever getting any grief for
it. And it was very obvious. My mom’s
girlfriends weren’t the most feminine girls. It
wasn’t hard to figure out, but I don’t
remember ever hearing anything about it. Anybody who
did would get a smack from me. I wasn’t afraid to
stick up for my mom. She’s my mom, and I love
her. I don’t care if she's got a girlfriend or
a boyfriend. She’s my mom; I love her.

Various Web sites and features promoting Batista
Unleashed
describe it
as “scandalous.” In the book itself,
though, you mention your mother's being a lesbian
quite in passing.
That is only a very small part of who my
mom is. It’s not like it was some dirty
secret I had to hide, and I think a lot of that comes from
my her. She was never secretive about it. She never made us
feel it was something to be ashamed of. I think the
most important message about my mom is not that
she’s a lesbian but that she’s a single mother
who struggled to keep her three kids safe and alive,
off the streets and out of prison, to keep food on the
table. Those are the messages I wanted to convey, not
who she was in a relationship with at the time.

For your grandfather, that your mother is lesbian
was far less troubling than the fact she’s a Democrat.
My grandfather is actually a great guy, but
I’ve never talked politics with him.
[Laughs] Now he seems very easygoing, but back
then he might have been a little more uptight. My mom
is still kind of touchy about certain things around him.

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