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Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor is a three-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, the first three-time All-American in the University of Maryland’s wrestling history, and holds several hall-of-fame records. Hudson’s career places him among the top-five pinners in NCAA history.

Hudson, is the founder and executive director of Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and activating athletic communities to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports and to exercise their leadership to champion LGBT equality.

Entries by Hudson Taylor

Equal Pay for Equal Play: How Corporate Sponsors Can Change Sport

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 3:34 PM

Years before the Supreme Court legalized marriage for gay couples, Fortune 500 companies offered employees with same-sex partners health insurance coverage. In tandem, many companies have developed corporate social responsibility programs that lead in critical efforts around poverty, children's welfare, and more.

Corporate leaders have found over the years that...

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Gender Equality in College Coaching: Where We Continue to Drop the Ball

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:18 PM

March is Women's History Month, a time to shine light on the contributions of women in society and throughout history. As a longtime athlete and coach, I take this time to look at the history of sport and how it has changed and evolved to provide female athletes, coaches, and...

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Let's Celebrate the NBA and Its Effort to Be More LGBT Inclusive

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 4:28 PM

This Sunday, millions of basketball fans will join together in homes, bars and public spaces to watch the NBA's annual All-Star Game, celebrating the league's finest players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. While these might be some of the biggest success stories out of the league, perhaps it's time...

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For LGBT Youth, the UN Can Be MVP

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Today is GLSEN's Day of Silence, which recognizes the struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Though the movement has its roots in the United States, it addresses problems that are not specific to any one country, and it requires a broad solution that transcends...

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When Fans Become Allies: What's to Come After Super Bowl XLVII

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 5:51 PM

My wife is a pretty animated person. She is generally more excited on an average day than many people are on their birthdays. But when entering an arena filled with thousands of crazed fans to watch a college wrestling match, she goes from enthusiasm to belligerence in seconds....

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Sexism and Homophobia in Sports: A Co-Dependency That Needs Our Attention

(16) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 7:52 PM

With every week, "homophobia in sport" grows as a common talking point in mainstream media, a vague catchphrase to explain specific and convoluted problems in athletics, problems like the lack of openly LGBT athletes and the use of anti-LGBT insults. The phrase cropped up just this week when NFL Ravens...

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GLAAD and Athlete Ally to Train 153 Major-League Sports Teams

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 7:10 PM

With several leading organizations and scores of individual activists advocating for LGBT equality in sports, collaboration (as always in athletics) is key.

Last weekend marked the first-ever Nike LGBT Sports Summit, the purpose of which was to create a collaborative strategy among leaders in the LGBT sports movement....

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Athlete Allies Abound: Campus Pride Releases Top 10 List

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 3:20 PM

Yesterday Campus Pride, in partnership with Compete Magazine, published the "Out to Play" list, a compilation of the 10 most LGBT-friendly athletics programs at colleges and universities across the country. The list was collected from nationwide nominations and covered criteria assessing LGBT-inclusion efforts, practices, and policy implementation.


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The AEI: Why Professional Athletics Need an Equality Index

(3) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 3:47 PM

In the wake of Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark's suspension from Major League Soccer for using a homophobic slur on the field, it is clear that professional sports teams are beginning to take lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality and allyship seriously. Homophobia that would have passed...

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Unlocking the College Coach's Closet

(26) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 7:08 PM

One year ago I started Athlete Ally, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in an effort to educate and empower straight allies in sports to speak out against homophobia and transphobia. We began at a pivotal moment filled with promise for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. We...

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Ally Week: Why I Am an Athlete Ally

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 12:04 PM

Like many athletes, I started playing sports at a young age. My earliest memories take me back to wrestling mats and arenas and early-morning drives with my father as we traveled to find the best competitions and open tournaments. We spent thousands of hours (yes, thousands) together in the car...

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Integrating Openly Gay Soldiers Into the Military Depends on Sports

(12) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 7:08 PM

On December 22, President Barack Obama signed legislation that repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the 17-year-old law that gave gay and lesbian soldiers the right to serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation secret. While diversity training will help facilitate military-unit integration, this training is...

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