Hudson Taylor, founder and executive
director of Athlete Ally and San Antonio Stars player and Ally ambassador
Jayne Appel will lead a post-game discussion.
Athlete Ally teams up with Stars to promote equality in sports
QSanAntonio, June 6, 2014
Athlete Ally, a non-profit that strives to encourage equality in sports,
and the San Antonio Stars are teaming up for a special night on June 13
at the AT&T Center that includes a basketball game against the Seattle
Storm and a post-game discussion.
Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of Athlete Ally and San
Antonio Stars player and Ally ambassador Jayne Appel will lead a post-game
discussion about the work being done to make sports safe and inclusive
for everyone and what can be done to help put an end to anti-LGBT bias,
bullying and discrimination in sports.
Taylor , a former three-time NCAA All-American wrestler, says he founded
Athlete Ally in 2010 because he got tired of his close friends struggling
with the coming out process, often inhibited by the fear they had about
disclosing their sexual orientation.
As a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at schools and colleges across
the country, Taylor emphasizes the athlete’s responsibility to lead
the fight for respect and inclusion 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 Taylor 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
Last month, the WNBA became the first professional sports organization
to market their league to the LGBT community. In doing market research,
the WNBA discovered the LGBT community and lesbians in particular make
up a significant portion of its fan base.
The campaign (#ProudToPlay), includes the debut of a new website (WNBA.com/Pride)
and having league teams participate in local pride festivals and parades
and working with advocacy groups to raise awareness.
"For us it's a celebration of diversity and inclusion and recognition
of an audience that has been with us very passionately," WNBA President
Laurel Richie told the Associated Press.
"For a long time they were happy to have those lesbians fill those
seats in the stands, but not willing for a long time to embrace the fan
base," Pat Griffin, professor emeritus in the social justice education
program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, told the AP.
"I attribute that to the homophobia, fear that somehow acknowledging
the fan base would encourage other fans not to go to games. What they've
learned is that the fan doesn't keep other people from going to games."
Stars Athlete Ally Night, Friday, June 13 at the AT&T Center.
Basketball game: San Antonio Stars versus Seattle Storm. Purchase a ticket
for that night and join in a post-game discussion after the game with
Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of Athlete Ally, and San
Antonio Stars and Athlete Ally Ambassador Jayne Appel. A portion of the
proceeds from ticket purchases will be donated to Athlete Ally. Tickets
start at $15 and must be purchased by contacting Janelle Diaz at 210-444-5070