Hudson Taylor is the founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate and activate athletic communities to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports and to exercise their leadership to champion LGBT equality.
Under Taylor’s leadership, Athlete Ally implements programming through educational resources and workshops, as well as public awareness and mobilization initiatives. Athlete Ally is a close partner of the NBA, WNBA, and MLB. Over 100 professional athletes, 50 colleges and universities and tens of thousands of members have joined the organization.
In 2013, Taylor co-authored the NCAA’s first-ever handbook for college athletes, coaches and administrators on LGBTQ policies and best practices. The policy guide is a comprehensive overview with recommendations, instructions and guidelines around best practices and policies for creating LGBTQ inclusive athletic cultures. Since then, Athlete Ally has worked with the NBA, WNBA, and MLB on matters of respect and inclusion and has led the Principle 6 campaign that convinced the International Olympic Committee to include sexual orientation in the non-discrimination clause of the Olympic Charter. We were honored to work with both the NBA and NCAA on their historic decisions to move contests from North Carolina following the passing of the discriminatory HB2.
Taylor is a three-time All-American and two-time Academic All-American wrestler from the University of Maryland, where he graduated in 2010. He secured the most pins and the most wins in the history of collegiate wrestling at the University of Maryland and is ranked among the top five pinners in NCAA wrestling history.