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Ryan Russell wrote a romantic poem for his boyfriend & it’s what you need to start your day

Newly out football player Ryan Russell wrote a sweet poem for his boyfriend.

In 2015, Russell was a fifth round pick for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2016 and 2017, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After taking a season off due to an injury, he’s currently trying to get back into the NFL, as his authentic self.

He came out last week in an ESPN column as bisexual, and he immediately posted a picture with his boyfriend, dancer Corey O’Brien.

Related: Former NFL player Ryan Russell comes out as bisexual

And he’s not hiding his love. He posted a romantic poem he wrote for O’Brien to Instagram. He tagged O’Brien at the end to make sure everyone knew who it’s for.

I need to write more when I’m in love.

I need to stop holding your hand on these long Malibu walks

And write more.

I need to stop staring deeply into your eyes across the dinner table

And write more.

I need to stop watching you dance through the night

And write more.

I need to take a longer break between kisses,

Pull out my journal

And write more.

I need to stop thinking about how I’m going to make you mine.

And write more.

I need to stop planning our future together

And write more.

I need to stop imagining you holding our son

And write more.

I need to stop smiling at the thought of us

Old and gray, hand in hand,

And write more.


The president of Iceland trolled Mike Pence over LGBTQ rights

The president of Iceland greeted Mike Pence with a handshake… and a rainbow bracelet.

On the last leg of his European tour, Pence visited Iceland’s president Guðni Jóhannesson in Reykjavík.

Jóhannesson greeted Pence with a handshake, and astute observers noticed that he had a rainbow bracelet on his wrist.

This isn’t the first time Jóhannesson has worn a rainbow bracelet when meeting a homophobic foreign leader; he wore one when he met with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Pence held meetings in the historic Höfði House in Reykjavík while in Iceland. As he was visiting, Advania – whose headquarters are across the street from the Höfði House – decided to replace their company flags with rainbow flags.

“We just felt the need to celebrate diversity today and wanted to show that by flying the flags,” said Ægir Már Þórisson, director of Advania. He did not say exactly why diversity had to be celebrated that way on the day that Pence was across the street.

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