February is commonly known as Black History Month. This being Outsports, we have chosen to dedicate at least one story a day, everyday this month, to telling the stories of the many out LGBTQ athletes who are Black, brown, bi-racial, African-American and of European. Caribbean, Central and South American heritage.
They are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and queer. They are athletes, coaches and people who work in a variety of positions across the wide world of sports.
For us, one month is hardly enough to highlight all the historic contributions of any community, let alone ours. We launch this effort with the aim of raising awareness, spreading appreciation and sharing how they each prove Courage Is Contagious.
With the Super Bowl now just days away, today’s first story is that of Ryan Russell, @rkrelentless on Instagram, the out bisexual NFL free agent. A few days ago, Russell posted a video of what one might call his “greatest hits,” along with an uplifting message, not long after celebrating his birthday: “The best is yet to come.”
Feb. 1: Read Cyd Zeigler’s August 2019 story of Russell’s coming out by clicking here.