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Watch: Straight Wrestler Hudson Taylor Fights Homophobia in Sports with 'Athlete Ally' Website

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This morning, Columbia University wrestling coach and Division 1 All-American wrestler Hudson Taylor talked to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts about Athlete Ally, a website he started "as a resource to encourage 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."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Check out the Athlete Ally website HERE.

Great to see all the support from young straight men lately like actor Josh Hutcherson and rugby player Ben Cohen as well.

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  1. I continue to be amazed at str8 folk, ESPECIALLY athletes, who rally behind us and defend us - it warms my heart (and makes me a little misty!) Thank You everyone for what you say and do!

    Posted by: ACe | Mar 24, 2011 5:31:41 PM


  2. Adorable. Love our straight allies.

    Posted by: michael | Mar 24, 2011 5:38:25 PM


  3. Agree, these straight allies are a huge asset in helping turn the tide in the sports world and bringing gay athletes the respect they deserve. On a side note, is it wrong that I keep picturing those two in a wrestling video : )

    Posted by: RONTEX | Mar 24, 2011 6:02:57 PM


  4. It's always the hot ones who love us. Cheers!

    Posted by: Max | Mar 24, 2011 6:07:44 PM


  5. It did take guts for him to take a stand on this issue. I believe that when a straight man in confident in his own skin he does not need to attack his gay brothers.

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 24, 2011 6:24:26 PM


  6. Aww.. this makes me happy. Sending positive vibes to Athlete Ally.

    Posted by: jeff in brooklyn | Mar 24, 2011 6:26:30 PM


  7. What a heartwarming story. A truly wonderful man. Christians everywhere should look at him as he is a living example of what it is to be loving and accepting, a thing Christians are supposed to be but often seem to be everything but.

    I love that there are intelligent people out there that realize it's not okay to treat anybody the way many glbts are treated. It gives me hope amidst all the stories of bigotry and hate. I live this story!!!

    Posted by: Brad | Mar 24, 2011 6:31:14 PM


  8. As a former HS & college wrestler, I can attest to the fact that straight wrestlers have a very healthy & admirable attitude when it comes to dealing sexual orientation issues.

    There is no sport that puts competitors in direct contact with each others' bodies like wrestling. A face buried in the crotch of one's opponent happens in virtually every match.

    For a truly straight guy, this is no big deal. If you're just not interested in the same sex, all body parts are simply inert obstacles to overcome in your quest for victory. There is no thrill by touching or getting touched by the other guy.

    Straights who cry "gay panic" or use homophobia as an excuse to inflict violence upon those they perceive as gay have other issues going on.

    I applaud Coach Hudson Taylor for his efforts. I can't think of a more perfect role model for athletes.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Mar 24, 2011 6:34:51 PM


  9. I've spoken to Hudson a few times; he's a great, genuine guy and a fantastic ally.

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 24, 2011 7:21:29 PM


  10. He deserves a lot of respect for this; he had no reason to do it other than decency. Good on him.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 24, 2011 7:29:15 PM


  11. kick-ass. this guy deserves respect. we need TONS more like him.

    Posted by: just a guy | Mar 24, 2011 9:03:24 PM


  12. People, like Hudson, who have this type of fortitude and sense of self at an early age, are the lucky ones. May he have a happy and fulfilled life.

    Posted by: Matt Ford | Mar 24, 2011 10:28:26 PM


  13. Thank you Mr. Taylor.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 24, 2011 11:35:43 PM


  14. This guy is tough. Thank you Hudson Taylor for showing what it means to be a real man.

    Posted by: TomJ | Mar 25, 2011 4:11:54 AM


  15. One great Taylor (Hudson) after another (Elizabeth)...

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Mar 25, 2011 11:38:34 AM


  16. Having met Taylor and his fiance I can steadfastly attest to their commitment on the issue of equality.
    It's great that he is getting wider attention.
    He is a great ally and wonderful guy....(who has some amazing card tricks always at the ready!)

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Mar 25, 2011 12:10:51 PM


  17. Anyone interested in an earlier video of Hudson Taylor speaking about his commitment can see this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ8dSHixgr4

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Mar 25, 2011 12:21:32 PM


  18. Good for him!

    Posted by: Damien | Mar 25, 2011 12:34:08 PM


  19. He, and his name, give me a warm fuzzy feeling, reminding me of Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 25, 2011 1:13:22 PM


  20. What a wonderful man. Got to love our straight allies...

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Mar 25, 2011 3:33:29 PM


  21. When award time comes around this is exactly the guy that should be singled out by GLAAD, PFLAG, HRC, and every other gay or human rights organization and presented with their highest honor.

    Try as we might we can't win our rights alone and with human beings like Coach Taylor on our side victory is going to come much much sooner. Thanks to the coach. And to all those over whom he has had a positive influence - you're a lucky bunch of guys to have a coach who is so brave, compassionate and intelligent.

    Posted by: Nelson | Mar 25, 2011 4:09:32 PM


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