An outspoken straight wrestler is fighting against homophobia in sport, saying it’s a ‘pressing issue’ he’s seen too much of.
“Homophobic language is something that I’ve always experienced both on and off the mat – in locker rooms, in teams, even sometimes from our coaches,” says 23-year-old Hudson Taylor of New Jersey.
“Hearing them use that homophobic, derogatory and demeaning language made me realize that this wasn’t what I wanted of my sport, this isn’t what I want of my team mates, and made me realize that I’m in a unique position to do something about it.”
Taylor’s Athlete Ally organisation promotes inclusive language and attitudes amongst athletes across various disciplines, encouraging everyone to sign a pledge to respect their fellows.
The young sportsman has even worn anti-homophobia stickers during important competitions.
Hear Hudson Taylor speak about his work for equality in sports below.