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Hudson Taylor on Trans Youth in Sports

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Being a mix of a theatre major and a Division I wrestler at the University of Maryland, Hudson Taylor had a unique perspective on LGBTQ+ respect and inclusion in these two very different worlds. He gained national media attention when he decided to wear an LGBTQ+ equality sticker on his wrestling headgear to confront the marginalization of LGBTQ+ people in sport during his time at University of Maryland. This experience ultimately drove him to start Athlete Ally, an organization whose mission is to “end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQ+ equality.”

In this video, Hudson discusses the overarching topic of trans youth in sports. He begins by stating that the kids that could benefit the most from sport are the kids who are the least access to it - trans youth. Hudson further elaborates, stating that we owe it to our trans youth to stand up and defend and protect their ability to access sport.