WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NFL player Ryan Russell and his boyfriend Corey O’Brien were spotted out in London on Saturday, packing on some serious PDA.
- The NFL free agent, who most recently played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, came out as bisexual in August by penning an essay for ESPN.
- On Thursday, Russell and O’Brien attended the Gay Times Honours 500 event, which aims to honor those who have had a “profound impact on the lives of LGBTQ people.”
NFL free agent Ryan Russell and his boyfriend Corey O’Brien were spotted out in London on Saturday afternoon, walking together hand-in-hand. the dancer were spotted out in London on Saturday, enjoying an afternoon walk together hand-in-hand. Russell and O’Brien both dressed chic and casual for their London date.
On Thursday, the NFL star and the dancer attended the Gay Times Honours 500 event, which according to Gay Times, aims to honor individuals who have had a “profound impact on the lives of LGBTQ people.”
At the event, the 27-year-old was honored with the Sporting Hero award for coming out and giving more LGBTQ representation in sports.
The former Dallas Cowboys player came out as bisexual in August in an emotional essay written for ESPN.
“Have I lied to teammates, coaches, trainers, front-office executives and fans about who I am? Not exactly,” he wrote in the essay. “But withholding information is a form of deceit. And I want the next part of my career — and life — steeped in trust and honesty.”
He continued: “My truth is that I’m a talented football player, a damn good writer, a loving son, an overbearing brother, a caring friend, a loyal lover, and a bisexual man.”
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O’Brien, on the other hand, wrote that he “couldn’t be more proud” of Russell for “speaking his truth as a player in the NFL and as my boyfriend,” in his own Instagram post.
Also in his essay, Russell wrote, “Today, I have two goals: returning to the NFL, and living my life openly. I want to live my dream of playing the game I’ve worked my whole life to play, and being open about the person I’ve always been,” sharing that “there isn’t a single openly LGBTQ player in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball or the NHL.”
He added, “I want to change that — for me, for other athletes who share these common goals, and for the generations of LGBTQ athletes who will come next.”
The essay was concluded with Russell saying that he’s “not looking to be a symbol or media star.”