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UAlbany Sexuality Month Keynote Speaker: Ryan Russell

  • Dates: February 4, 2020
  • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Ryan Russell is the first openly LGBTQ player in the NFL, and the only male athlete in the four major professional sports leagues to self-identify as LGBTQ.

    A defensive end, Russell played football for Purdue University, the Dallas Cowboys (2015) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2016-17). He is currently a free agent, and plays off-season and on the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills.

    Russell is also a writer and published poet. His first book of poetry, "Prison or Passion" (2019), captures the struggles of being a young boy without a father, and the strength that comes from building one’s own definition of manhood.

    "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." -- Ryan Russell

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