What's on your mind?

How do you handle being the only queer person on a team and being bullied or ostracized? How do I stay true to myself or protect myself?

R.K. Russell
he / him
Football

What’s up, Friend, 

The best part about a team is that no two players are the same. Teams are supposed to be diverse groups of people coming together and becoming stronger, smarter, and better because of their varied perspectives, abilities, and backgrounds. You being YOU makes your team better, so remember that, and if you ever feel like you’re being treated unfairly because of it, make sure you reach out to someone(s) in the organization who can speak up on your behalf, players, coaches, referees, athletic directors, parents, etc. Focus on being a good teammate and your teammate, playing hard, and winning games; your teammates will do the same.

Together, always,
R.K. Russell
R.K. Russell
he / him

is a social justice advocate, published poet & former NFL player. He made history by becoming the first out active NFL player to identify as bisexual. His latest project, "Huddle Men's Journal," is a guided journal for men that helps them explore their personal depths and discover treasures of strength, willpower, and more.