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Hudson Taylor is a three-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler and Columbia University coach. He is 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. He is currently training to compete internationally with an eye toward the Olympic Games.

Hudson, a heterosexual athlete and a committed LGBT advocate, is determined to eliminate homophobia in sports. After wearing a gay rights sticker on his wrestling headgear during competitions, The Advocate named Hudson one of the “Top 150 Reasons to Have Gay Pride in 2010.” He has also been featured on ESPN as a leading LGBT ally and called “the most exciting wrestler in the world” by Sports Illustrated. In March 2011, PFLAG also awarded Hudson with the “Straight for Equality in Sports” Award at their 3rd Annual Gala in New York City.

In December 2010 Hudson founded Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Through social networking campaigns, on-campus trainings and additional practical tools, Athlete Ally encourages athletes, coaches and others to eliminate all forms of homophobia in sports. As a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at schools and colleges across the country, Hudson emphasizes the athlete’s responsibility to lead in the fight for respect and inclusion in sports. Hudson has been featured live on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts to discuss Athlete Ally and the organization’s mission to challenge homophobia in sports.

In addition to his work with Athlete Ally, Hudson serves on the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Sport’s Project Advisory Board, led by Dr. Pat Griffin, Professor Emeritus in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This initiative works with K-12 schools to create an athletic environment that encourages respect, safety and inclusion for all students and coaches.

Hudson is also authoring a book entitled, The Athlete Ally: Empowering a New Era of Leadership and Inclusion in Sports. A work in progress, The Athlete Ally will inspire and guide coaches, athletes, administrators, fans and parents to redefine sportsmanship and what it means to be an athlete and a leader.

Hudson draws inspiration for his advocacy from his great-great-great grandfather James Hudson Taylor, a 19th century British Protestant missionary to China who converted more than 18,000 people to Christianity. As a result of this lineage, LGBT-affirming Christian groups have turned to Hudson to discuss the intersection of respect and inclusion for LGBT individuals with Christian moral principles.

Blog Entries by Hudson Taylor

For LGBT Youth, the UN Can Be MVP

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 9:00 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 | 4:51 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 | 6:52 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 | 6:10 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 | 2:20 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.

The...

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The AEI: Why Professional Athletics Need an Equality Index

(3) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 2:47 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 | 6:08 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 | 11:04 AM

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 | 6:08 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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