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Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor: 'We Have Opportunity to Show the World Gay Rights are Human Rights' - VIDEO

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Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor spoke with CNN yesterday about efforts to assure the safety of LGBT athletes and visitors to Sochi and shine a spotlight on Russia's anti-gay laws.

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  1. Hudson looks straight enough to be a poster boy for gays. He represents the tiny minority of handsome pretty gay males.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 6, 2013 2:06:23 PM


  2. i like to watch him with the sound off.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Aug 6, 2013 2:08:10 PM


  3. LOL @ "He represents the tiny minority of handsome pretty gay males."

    Man, you just say anything. LOL

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 6, 2013 2:23:22 PM


  4. he is actually straight... and married... to a woman. I'll take my allies in any form, thanks.

    Posted by: Billy | Aug 6, 2013 2:38:07 PM


  5. Love the purple tie. Make up dude should have gone easier on the raspberry lip stick (or it's my screen?.)

    Posted by: KevInPDX | Aug 6, 2013 2:38:42 PM


  6. Josh, please go to your GOP cave!

    Posted by: litper | Aug 6, 2013 2:55:44 PM


  7. You know, it's really uncool for some of you jerks to insinuate Hudson's gay (just like you insinuate every good-looking staight advocate is closeted). He's on our side. You people that think every staight gay can be turned with a few beers on Saturday night have to learn some restraint and respect. Respect the fact that some guys are straight and are acting out of a sense of injustice.

    Posted by: will | Aug 6, 2013 2:57:20 PM


  8. Will, sorry, have been with too many "straight" guys, and even beer wasn't necessary!

    Posted by: litper | Aug 6, 2013 2:58:41 PM


  9. The question most of y'all seem to be struggling with is, "Why would he stand up for gays in sports??".

    The answer you seem to be reaching for is "He's probably secretly gay or curious himself, just listen to his voice"

    If you'd let go of your internalized homophobia for a few seconds, you could arrive at, "As a serious athlete himself, he's probably been given a lot of grief and homophobia about the sound of his voice and gentle nature, which rather explains his empathy for the lgbt community and why he's willing to run an org that fights homophobia in sports."


    Or, maybe not. who knows?

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 6, 2013 3:38:31 PM


  10. The best action would be for all the countries that support gay people refuse to attend Russia's Olympics leaving the stands empty, the vendors without income and Russia with egg on their face. That would lead to the loss of hosting the World Games resulting in even more Russian humiliation.

    Gay people showing up at the Olympics will not be seen by NBC's rented Russian cameras. All attempts to make themselves visible will be useless and Russia will ultimately win out by claiming, "See? There are no gays at the Olympics!" All the vendors and Russia will make ga-zillions while Russian gay people are beaten, strangled and hauled off to prison.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 6, 2013 4:08:28 PM


  11. He stands up for gays because he knows they all want him, and it looks good on his liberal resume.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 6, 2013 4:22:20 PM


  12. I like his pink lipstick.

    Posted by: JC | Aug 6, 2013 4:23:33 PM


  13. @ Kevin,

    well written comment.

    @ JOSH,

    LOL...you just won't stop, will you? Be careful...somebody's going to tell you off in few seconds. LOL

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 6, 2013 4:30:26 PM


  14. We're lucky to have such a stand up guy as a straight ally. Big fan.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Aug 6, 2013 4:45:12 PM


  15. The 1936 Berlin Olympics did nothing to prevent the 1938 Kristallnacht against the Jews.

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 6, 2013 6:26:22 PM


  16. Thank You, Hudson Taylor.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Aug 6, 2013 6:57:27 PM


  17. The teen tortured by NeoNazi police died from his injuries. The Dr who tried to save him filed a police report and was himself threatened. Videos of tortured teens posted on the internet by sadistic murderers and Putin's Russia does nothing.

    Still want to go there and celebrate the glory of a sports competition while right outside the venue the murderers gloat and Putin takes a bow?

    Posted by: JONES | Aug 6, 2013 9:55:47 PM


  18. While he no doubt already had gay friends, it could just be also that he's a conscious progressive liberal type guy and wanted to use the platform that he has by virtue of his position to do a little good. People do that. Anyway, good job, thanks Hudson.

    Am I correct in assuming he's named after Jane Hudson?

    Posted by: emjayay | Aug 7, 2013 12:18:22 AM


  19. Brianna. Sending you love. Wonderful approach and interview all but for the boycott question. Please stop asking athletes about boycotting. It's moot. No athlete is ever going to endorse boycotting the Olympics.

    Boycotting would do more harm than good. Russian LGBT would be blamed for the loss.

    Advocate for MOVING the Olympics to a safer location if written guarantees of safety from Russia for ALL equality affirming attendees at Sochi is not forthcoming. Putin is a megalomaniac but understands a media firestorm. He would never regain face from losing the Olympics.

    Once guarantees are achieved then do in fact go and get every person there that believes in human rights equality to not only show LGBT affirming insignia but to also speak out at every broadcast opportunity to a worldwide audience. Shine a spot light on the depravity of 'Putin's Russia'.

    Posted by: JONES | Aug 7, 2013 3:35:56 AM


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