Wrestling for Equality
Written by Bwog Staff
Sports news, for real! Hudson Taylor, Columbia’s new assistant wrestling coach, is pretty awesome. A three-time all-American wrestler while at the Division I University of Maryland, Taylor is also ardent supporter of LGBT equality in athletics. While we at Bwog don’t know what a lot of sports-related terms mean for sure (all-American? Division what?), we can tell he has very impressive credentials.
He picked up some press over the break for a video contribution he made back in September to the “It Gets Better” project (Obama did it too!), advocating support for athletes who face discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation. In college, Taylor supported renowed LGBT advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign, by wrestling with their logo on his helmet. Now Taylor makes an individual effort to encourage equality and respect for all athletes, through his own website, Athlete Ally, where athletes, parents, coaches, and fans alike can sign a pledge to join the cause. There’s a lot of negative news out there, but we like to think the compassionate people prevail.