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Advocate and ally for equality in sports to speak in S.A.
QSanAntonio, September 19, 2014

Former three-time NCAA All-American wrestler Hudson Taylor got tired of his close friends struggling with the coming out process, often inhibited by the fear they had about disclosing their sexual orientation.

While at the University of Maryland he began wearing an HRC sticker on his wrestling headgear to show his solidarity as a straight ally. Thousands of athletes, parents, and members of the LGBT community were very appreciative, sending e-mails to Taylor with their thanks.

In 2010, Taylor founded Athlete Ally, a non-profit that strives to encourage the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

On October 6, Taylor will bring his campaign for sports equality to Trinity University where he will give his presentation “Allyship: Becoming a Champion for Inclusion."

As a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at schools and colleges across the country, Taylor emphasizes the athlete’s responsibility to lead in the fight for respect and inclusion in sports.

Taylor has appeared on television news programs to discuss Athlete Ally's mission to challenge homophobia in sports.

He was featured on ESPN as a leading LGBT ally and called “the most exciting wrestler in the world” by Sports Illustrated. In March 2011, PFLAG awarded Hudson with the “Straight for Equality in Sports” Award at their Third Annual Gala in New York City.

Taylor also serves serves on the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Sport’s Project Advisory Board.

He is authoring a book entitled, "The Athlete Ally: Empowering a New Era of Leadership and Inclusion in Sports."

In interviews Taylor has said that he draws inspiration for his advocacy from his great-great-great grandfather James Hudson Taylor, a 19th century British Protestant missionary to China who is credited with converting more than 18,00 people to Christianity.

"Allyship: Becoming a Champion for Inclusion" presented by Hudson Taylor on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Trinity University’s Office of Campus & Community Involvement at 210-999-7547.