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Celebrating Black lesbian gay bisexual trans sports history

Every day in February, Outsports marked Black History Month by highlighting the contributions of Black, out LGBTQ sports athletes.

Ryan Russell, Layshia Clarendon, Jeremy Sonkin and Natasha Cloud are all Black LGBTQ sports heroes.
Clockwise from top left: Ryan Russell, Layshia Clarendon, Jeremy Sonkin and Natasha Cloud
Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images, Photo by Michael J. LeBrecht II/NBAE via Getty Images, Kristan Grant, Mark Hundley/AP, Philadelphia 76ers

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.

Send us your suggestions on which hero we should profile by writing a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, or just plain email us at outsports@gmail.com

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.

Feb. 2: Karleigh Webb profiles Coach Jarrin Williams.

Feb. 3: Jason Collins comes out as gay on April 29, 2013.

Feb. 4: CeCé Telfer is the first out trans NCAA track and field champion

Feb. 5: Michael Sam comes out as gay

Feb. 6: O’Shay Edwards, pro wrestler

Feb. 7: Gay former NFL player Martin Jenkins confirmed to the California State Supreme Court

Feb. 8: Brittney Griner is a slam dunk for a place in LGBT sports history

Feb. 9: Tennis pro Jeremy Ross Sonkin on being Black, being gay, and the change he wants to see in the world

Feb. 10: Fallon Fox, the bravest athlete in history

Feb. 11: Aleshia Ocasio speaks on challenges of being Black and LGBTQ in softball

Feb. 12: Nyla Rose is breaking boundaries as All Elite Wrestling family

Feb. 13: Rams cheerleader and trailblazer Quinton Peron

Feb. 14: John Amaechi comes out

Feb. 15: Natasha Cloud reflects on her coming out journey

Feb. 16: Former NFL player Wade Davis on coming out

Feb. 17: Glenn Burke earned his place in LGBTQ sports history

Feb. 18: Layshia Clarendon

Feb. 19: Justin Fashanu

Feb. 20: Bri Tollie

Feb. 21: Rep. John Lewis

Feb. 22: Kye Allums

Feb. 23: Seimone Augustus

Feb. 24: Layne Ingram

Feb. 25: TJ Callan

Feb. 26: Josh Dixon

Feb. 27 Sandy Parker

Feb. 28 WBB assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller, Shania Meertens, Tylar Bennett and all the out Black Clemson Tigers!