Hudson Taylor's Experience with Sports as a Straight Ally
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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 differences between being a straight athlete and LGBTQ+ athlete in sports. He discusses that, as a straight ally, sports have given him everything, and yet, much of the time his LGBTQ+ counterparts are not given the same opportunities. He states that "sports culture doesn't define us, rather we define it" and that there is still work to be done in regards to making sports a safer environment for LGBTQ+ individuals.