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Ben Cohen, Hudson Taylor, and Cyd Zeigler Talk to Thomas Roberts About Gays, Russia, and Sochi: VIDEO

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Rugby star and LGBT ally Ben Cohen, Outsports' Cyd Zeigler, and Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor joined Thomas Roberts on MSNBC this morning to talk about the rising outrage over Russia's anti-gay laws, the Sochi 2014 Games in that country, and how athletes and allies should respond.

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Hudson Taylor, William Rhoden, and Dan Savage Join Chris Hayes to Discuss Jason Collins, Gay Athletes: VIDEO

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Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor, New York Times reporter William Rhoden, and Dan Savage joined Chris Hayes last night to talk about what the reaction will be from the NBA owners and players to Jason Collins' coming out.

Said Savage:

"What this debate comes down to ultimately is not who gay people are and where gay people are. We are who we are and we are everywhere. If there's no openly gay people in whatever environment you're in or whatever environment you're talking about that doesn't mean there are no gay people. There's no openly gay people. I think ultimately what this comes down to is who straight people are. This isn't about whether Jason Collins or other athletes who happen to be gay are pansies. It's about whether heterosexual men and heterosexual athletes in locker rooms are pansies. If they're afraid of gay men, if they're jumping up on chairs and shrieking and too afraid to shower in the same conditions that marines, and sailors, and airmen shower in...Are straight people better than they've been built? Are straight people less bigoted than they've convinced themselves they are? I think they are less bigoted as we saw in the military after the 'DADT' repeal and a lot of LGBT soldiers came out and it was a non-issue and they were accepted."

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Kenneth Faried is First NBA Player to Join LGBT Rights Ally Group After Voicing Support for His Two Moms: VIDEO

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Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried has joined the group Athlete Ally as an ambassador, making him the first player in the NBA to join an LGBT rights support organization. Athlete Ally combats homophobia in sports.

Faried appeared in a video in late January with his two moms for One Colorado, urging lawmakers to pass a civil union bill there.

The HuffPost reports:

"Becoming an Athlete Ally gives me the opportunity to spread a message of inclusiveness throughout the NBA and our country," said Faried in a statement to The Huffington Post, referring to the non-profit group that advocates for gay rights in sports. "I have two moms and I love them both very much. I respect, honor and support them in every way. The bond I have with them has made me realize that I want all members of the LGBT community -- whether they are parents, players, coaches or fans -- to feel welcome in the NBA and in all of our communities."

As a member of Athlete Ally, Faried joins Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens, Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings, Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns, Connor Barwin of the Houston Texans, as well as professional international sports stars and college players.

Said Athlete Ally Executive Director Hudson Taylor: "In the last month, we have seen seven professional athletes around the world align with Athlete Ally. As Kenneth joins 4 NFL players, including a Super Bowl champ, a pro rugby player and an Australian Rules Football star, he is bringing our movement to a new level.  Kenneth is standing out not only as an incredible talent, but as an incredible ally. We are thrilled to have him on board and grateful to the NBA for its continued leadership."

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Hudson Taylor: We Have 'Obligation' To Vote For Equality: VIDEO

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Hudson Taylor, a wrestling coach at Columbia University and founder of the equality-minded group Athlete Ally, recently joined forces with The Four, a social media site dedicated to passing or protecting marriage equality in the four states voting on related measures this November, Maine, Minnesota, Maryland and Washington State, in encouraging young voters to get out the vote.

"I don't know how you can disagree with equality," says Taylor, dressed, sadly, in a suit, rather than tighty-whities. "Whenever I see somebody who's being treated injustly [sic] by society, by the laws, by people in the locker room, as a coach I feel the obligation to do something about it. And this November the voters now have an opportunity and I think an obligation to stand on the side of marriage equality."

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Hudson Taylor and His Tighty-Whities go for a No-Pants Subway Ride: PHOTO

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For the 11th year in a row, thousands of New Yorkers participated in the No Pants Subway Ride coordinated by the YouTube prank group Improv Everywhere. Among the riders this year was LGBT ally and wrestler Hudson Taylor. I'll go out on a limb and say that his thighs were the most impressive underground.

Tweeted Taylor: "Ready to participate in the 10th annual no-pants subway ride? Definitely!"

The ride also took place in Boston, blogger BosGuy reports.

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NCAA and Buick Highlight Hudson Taylor's Work Combating Homophobia in Sports: VIDEO

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The NCAA and Buick are sharing stories of former NCAA student-athletes who are making a difference in the world today. Check out this great video that they produced about Hudson Taylor and his Athlete Ally organization.

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