Hero Of The Day: Hudson Taylor,Straight College Athlete Tries To Rid Homophobia In Sports…

Hudson Taylor started out as a theatre major at the University of Maryland. He was often around gay actors and actresses, even being there during their coming-out processes.

Taylor also was a standout collegiate wrestler—where he often encountered homophobia in its seemingly most common arena: the locker room. The language bothered him.

“So, as an All-American and team captain [as a senior during the 2009-2010 season], I realized that I was in a position to make a difference on my team,” said Taylor, who is straight.

He started by trying to correct his teammate’s inappropriate language.

Then he took a huge leap of faith to show that he doesn’t just talk a good game. Taylor put a sticker on his wrestling head gear—it was the blue and yellow, representing the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

“I consider myself a fairly rational person, and me speaking out as an ally could never do more harm to myself than it could do good for others,” Taylor said. “It affects me when I see young LGBT kids taking their lives. It affects me to know that sports may or may not be part of the problem. I love athletics; I love coaching. I’ve been involved in wrestling for the past 18 years. I think I have the ability to make a difference and, in some ways, a responsibility to make a difference.” Deets here

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