This week read about an athlete hoping to become the first openly LGBT NFL player, the star of "Umbrella Academy" coming out as trans, and a rock star speaking about her fight against cancer.

Bisexual Athlete Hopes to Become the First Active Out NFL Player

Former Dallas Cowboys player Ryan K. Russell came out as bisexual on August 29, 2019. After leaving his career as a football player, he began writing poetry under his pen name, R.K. Russell. “Since his coming out, Russell has remained an unsigned free agent, and the NFL has yet to have an out player active on game day,” according to an article from LGBTQ Nation. 

Russell still maintains hope that one day he can become the first openly LGBT NFL player to actually play on the field during a game. “I’m not just sitting here like, ‘Yeah, it’ll happen’ – it will happen because I will make it happen, because I’ll finally get an opportunity,” he said. 

Through all the frustration due to uncertainty, Russell has remained hopeful and truly believes that one day he will accomplish his goal.




Former ‘Murmurs’ Member Reflects on Her Cancer Battle


Heather Reid. Photo via Facebook.

Lesbian rock star Heather Reid spoke about her fight against cancer recently in an interview for the Advocate. She was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia two years ago, but did not let that stop her from moving forward. 

“If I’m going to be on this earth, I am going to find the light and I want to have the best time being here,” Reid said. She kept her head up while battling leukemia and continued working on her music. “Even in my darkest moments [my wife, Allison, and I] still giggled at things that would go on around us,” said Reid. 

Reid’s new song “Right Here Right Now” spreads the message of loving yourself and looking up, even in the darkest of times. “I had to dig deep inside and find the light inside of me when it started to dim,” Reid said.

‘Umbrella Academy’ Star Comes Out as Trans


Elliot Page. Photo courtesy of Elliot Page.

Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, recently came out as transgender on social media. The star of Netflix’s hit show, “The Umbrella Academy,” revealed the big news Dec. 1. 

“I feel lucky to be writing this,” he wrote in his coming out post. “I can’t even begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self,” Page said. Page stated that their pronouns are he/they and that they “love that [they] are trans.” 

The heartfelt coming out message included statistics on violence toward trans people and the rising rates of trans suicide. “To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility toward the trans community: you have blood on your hands,” Page said. 

They then ended his message with words of reassurance to trans people: “I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”

Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.