Press

AWARDS/HONORS:

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment, GLAAD 2020

Closet Door Busterdown, Game Changer, & Love is Great, Queerties 2020

Sporting Hero, Gay Times 2019

OUT 100, OUT Magazine 2019

Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, NFL 2015

PRESS, FEATURES, & INTERVIEWS:

NFL’s Ryan Russell on Jon Gruden Openly Bisexual Player:’DEEPLY UPSET, SHOCKED, APPALLED’, TMZ Sports, October 2021

NFL veteran Ryan Russell says Jon Gruden’s resignation is not enough, CNN, October 2021

NFL player Ryan Russell feels ‘unstoppable’ since coming out as bisexual: ‘I could do anything’, Yahoo Life, September 2021

Why bisexual men are so misunderstood: ‘It’s not a phase. It’s my life’, Yahoo Life, Septemeber 2021

The triumphs and struggles of Black LGBTQ athletes, The Undefeated, June 2021

NFL Free Agent Ryan Russell explains how the culture of youth sports can stop young LGBTQ athletes, MSNBC, June 2021

Carl Nassib: First active openly gay player ‘historic’ for NFL, says Ryan K Russell, BBC, June 2021

Carl Nassib announcement ‘a monumental moment’ for NFL, says Ryan Russell, Sports Max, June 2021

Carl Nassib announcement “historical landmark” for NFL – Ryan Russell, AS, June 2021

The NFL Player Standing In Solidarity With Trans Athletes, The Nation, May 2021

Ryan Russell: Trans kids must be allowed to play school sports, QVoice News, May 2021

Some fights need more help than others’: NFL star adds his voice to battle against transgender sports bills, Pennsylvania Captial-Star, April 2021

NFL Player R.K. Russell Speaks Out Against Anti-Trans Sports Bills, Them, April 2021

NFL hero RK Russell urges athletes to fight ‘attacks’ on trans kids in powerful essay, Pink News, April 2021

Ryan Russell calls on athletes to fight trans bans: ‘Don’t let anyone use the games that we love for hate’, Out Sports, April 2021

Ryan Russell shows support for transgender student athletes in heartfelt essay, Gay Times, April 2021

NFL Star, Poet and Advocate Ryan K. Russell, Sippin’ The Tea, April 2021

Trailblazing bisexual NFL veteran Ryan Russell admits he’s felt ‘paralyzed’ by his sexuality, Pink News, February 2021

Ryan Russell, the NFL’s first openly bisexual player, says he felt ‘selfish’ coming out because he didn’t want to be a distraction to his team, Insider, February 2021

LGBT+ History Month: NFL player Ryan Russell on his decision to come out as bisexual, BBC Sport, February 2021

5 LGBTQ+ Celebs On Their Best (and Worst) New Year’s Eve Kisses, Out, January 2021

WATCH: Ryan Russell, Jackie Cox & more on holiday traditions and redefining the festive season, Queerty, December 2020

From Ryan Russell to Elliot Page, This Week in Beyond the G, SFGN, December 2020

NFL vet Ryan K. Russell still wants to play after coming out. He’s more ready than ever, LGBTQ Nation, November 2020

Dear NFL: If You Want to Be LGBTQ+ Allies, Hire Out Players, Out, October 2020

NFL: National Coming Out Day 2020, NFL, October 2020

Abercrombie & Fitch Launches New Miniseries Focused on Mental Health, Hosted by World Champion Soccer Player Megan Rapinoe, Abercrombie & Fitch, October 2020

Bi Visibility Day: Ryan Russell on coming out, navigating the NFL, and more, Sky Sports, September 2020

Where Are All The Bi Athletes? with Ryan K. Russell, Two Bi Guys Podcast, September 2020

Corey O’Brien & Ryan Russell Embody Love, JeJune Magazine, August 2020

Ryan & Corey’s Story, Queer Majority, July 2020

Out NFL player R.K. Russell shares poems about the killings of 3 Black men, OutSports, July 2020

Ryan Russell, Billy Bean, Jeffri Chadiha discuss perceptions of being a gay athlete in pro sports, NFL, June 2020

Pride Series: Building Inclusivity and Allyship in Professional Sports, NFL, June 2020

The Book of Sean: LGBTQ+ PRIDE, Fox Soul Tv, June 2020

Corey & Russ Pride Issue, EUPHORIA., June 2020

Ryan Russell & Corey O’Brien Talk Pride Month, Black Lives Matter + More | KIIS Under The Influence, 102.7 KIISFM, June 2020

LGBTQ Athletes And Allies Celebrate Supreme Court’s Decision, Deadspin, June 2020

Self Love In Sports With Ryan Russell, CFL’s The Waggle Podcast, June 2020

Pride Firsts, Stylecaster, June 2020

Reflecting on the Past, Present, and Future of LGBTQ+ Representation in Sports, Men’s Health, June 2020

Out And Proud: Our Favorite LGBTQ Sports Stars Of All Time, Slots Call, June 2020

Expressing Pride and Solidarity through spoken word and song, OutSports, June 2020

Black Lives Matter – Ryan Russell, Mind Over Matter Podcast, June 2020

22 LGBTQ+ Athletes Who Are Speaking Out and Leading the Way — in Sports and Beyond, POPSUGAR, June 2020

NFL Player Ryan Russell Protests for Black Lives, Just Jared, June 2020

Nikki Nights Episode 4 with Ryan Russell:Touch Down, Anchor, May 2020

Alyson Stoner gives 2020 commencement speech for foster youth graduating high school, ABC News, May 2020

Alyson Stoner gives 2020 commencement speech for foster youth graduating high school, Good Morning America, May 2020

The NFL’s Ryan Russell Says He Had to Come out for His Own Truth & Ability to Self-Love, Channel Q, May 2020

An NFL Player and His Dancer Boyfriend Say There Are More Similarities Between Their Fields Than You’d Think, Dance Magazine, April 2020

Ryan Russell: “I’m Happier Than I’ve Ever Been”, Bi.Org, April 2020

A conversation with Ryan Russell, Purdue Exponent, February 2020

Breaking Barriers: Ryan Russell, Purdue Alumnus, February 2020

Abercrombie Is Looking Very Different, Paper Magazine, February 2020

Megan Rapinoe Shows Off ‘Fierce’ Side with Kyle Kuzma, Gus Kenworthy for Abercrombie & Fitch, People, February 2020

The Reinvention of Football Player Ryan Russell, The Advocate, February 2020

NFL Player Ryan Russell and Boyfriend Corey O’Brien Share PDA During London Date, People, November 2019

Get to Know NFL Player Ryan Russell’s Dancer Boyfriend, Corey O’Brien, People, November 2019

The Players Lounge: Ryan Russell, Bleav Podcasts, October 2019

NFL’s Only Openly LGBTQ Player Ryan Russell: “My Sexuality is Not a Distraction”, Fair Game, September 2019

NFL veteran after coming out: I’ll be a better teammate, CNN, September 2019

HRC to Honor Dominique Jackson and Welcome Ryan Russell and Jake Choi to the National Dinner, Human Rights Campaign, September 2019

NFL Star Comes Out as Bisexual: ‘Being More Comfortable in My Own Skin Made Me a Better Teammate’, People, August 2019

NFL Veteran Ryan Russell Reveals He’s Bisexual, BET, August 2019

Openly Bi Ryan Russell Could Forever Change the NFL, Athlete Ally, August 2019

Out NFL bisexual Ryan Russell just wants to play, Washington Blade, Augsut 2019

Ryan Russell, NFL free agent, comes out as bisexual, OutSports, August 2019

Ryan Russell, the NFL player who came out to be a better teammate, Queerty, August 2019

Ryan Russell Hopes to Rejoin NFL as an Out Bisexual Man, The Advocate, August 2019

NFL free agent Ryan Russell comes out as bisexual and sets goal of returning to the league, Business Insider, August 2019

Ryan Russell, NFL free agent, comes out as bisexual, NBC News, August 2019

NFL free agent Ryan Russell comes out as bisexual, CBS News, August 2019

NFL Player Ryan Russell Comes Out As Bisexual, Pride, August 2019

NFL Veteran Ryan Russell Comes Out As Bisexual, Huffpost, August 2019

Former Cowboys DE Ryan Russell reveals he is bisexual amid NFL comeback attempt, USA Today, August 2019

Ryan Russell wants to play in the NFL again. He also wants it known he’s bisexual, LA Times, August 2019

Ryan Russell, N.F.L. Free Agent, Comes Out as Bisexual: ‘It’s So Much Better Than Hiding’, New York Times, August 2019

No distractions — An NFL veteran opens up on his sexuality, ESPN, August 2019

Author R.K. Russell talks #PrisonorPassion on #ConversationsLIVE, Conversations LIVE, May 2019

NFL Player & Poet Ryan K. Russell Is Redefining What It Means To Be An Athlete, Black American Web, April 2019

NFL player and poet: the inspirational life of Ryan Russell, March 2019

1-On-1 With DE Ryan Russell, Dallas Cowboys, 2015