Purdue University

This month I returned to my alma mater, Purdue University, to speak on sports, diversity, the LGTBQ+ community, my journey, and my truth. The campus was almost unrecognizable, I hadn't returned for nearly half a decade, and the building had changed, one-way roads became two-ways, and the football program had a new facility worth over…

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The Advocate: The Reinvention of Ryan Russell

On Super Bowl Sunday I was rooting for inclusivity! Thank you to The Advocate for this fantastic exclusive being released at such a crucial time in football and on Black History Month. Sports, at its root, is about family and working together to reach a common goal. If you would like to read the whole…

Bisexuality & The GLAAD Media Awards

I can count on two hands, the number of stories that highlight bisexuality in professional sports, and one of those hands get amputated when we talk about bisexuality for men in pro sports. In late August of 2019, I focused on living my truth, on being open and honest with myself and the world. The…

Commitment in 2020 & The Queerties

In this day and age, it seems close to impossible to have a stable, monogamous, loving relationship. In a time of cancel culture, instant gratification, and sensationalism, people seem less equipped for the intricacies of long-term commitment. Add on top of that, having a public relationship, and millions of people's opinions, the bond between two…

Kobe & The Last Three Days

For the last three sunrises, there have been two jackhammers playing tic tac toe on my temples. I have started meaningless fights with my lover, and a hero died one morning before my first cup of coffee. Writing my memoir, I recall empty liquor bottles and sinks full of blood. I don't know what's happening,…

Poetry In Motion

The grace of his dance swelled my chest with pride, and I fought back tears as his passion filled the room. A few weeks ago, my boyfriend, Corey O'Brien, and I had an idea of pure genius. Something that seemed trendy yet new, relatable yet severely personal, and a project that brought together our life…

Corey & Russ

After publicly coming out and becoming the only active NFL player to identify as LGBTQ, I've gained the attention of the masses. Most of the attention has centered around support, queer visibility in sports, inclusion, equality, and freedom. In the ocean of positive feedback and attention is a few drops of what I would call,…

Toni Morrison in the Past Tense

Toni Morrison in the past tense is earth-shattering. To say that Toni Morrison was an American Novelist is to admit that she is no longer with us. Also to say she was a novelist is to underplay the monumental impact that she's had on literature and culture altogether. A Pulitzer Prize winner for her book,…

Only You & I Will Last Forever: A Letter To My Depression

Elephant Journal The misconception that depression is something that arises only during trails, or is easily curable leads to shame and isolation. I often get tired of telling people about my struggles with depression because of responses like, "Just take some medicine" or "You are depressed again?" I turn to writing in these cases. The…

Gold & Black: Catching up with … Ryan Russell

Tom Dienhart is a writer for the Gold & Black, a multi-platform company talking everything Purdue with a focus on athletics. I had the pleasure of knowing Tom while I was a football player and student at Purdue University. Thus, recently we had an opportunity to catch up and talk about writing, football, my best…