[PAST EVENT] Hudson Taylor: Allyship: Becoming a Champion for Inclusion on Your Campus

Monday, January 28th 2013
9pm - 10pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Most straight people have gay friends, but too few stand up and say that fair treatment of every member of our community is personally important to us. As a straight athlete, Hudson Taylor shares his journey of becoming an ally for the LGBT community.
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An athlete all his life, Hudson Taylor experienced demeaning humor in high school and college athletics, but befriended LGBT people when studying theatre and Interactive Performance Art at the University of Maryland. Seeing the juxtaposition between the theatre department and the locker room, Hudson felt it was imperative that he confront a side of sports that no athlete should be proud of: sports marginalize LGBT athletes, coaches and others through systemic homophobia and transphobia. Hudson decided that he could no longer watch from the sidelines as his athletic culture isolated and segregated LGBT athletes and betrayed the integrity and diversity at the heart of athletics.

When Hudson wore an LGBT equality sticker from the Human Rights Campaign on his wrestling headgear, he encountered criticism from his peers, but received positive attention from the media. Following his presence in the media, Hudson received hundreds of emails from parents and closeted athletes. This experience inspired him to found this non-for-profit organization, with the mission of educating, encouraging and empowering straight athlete allies to combat homophobia and transphobia in sports.
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