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LGBT Advocate Hudson Taylor to Speak at Moravian College

Talk focuses on fostering inclusion and respect on college campuses

Hudson TaylorBethlehem, Pa., March 5, 2014—Hudson Taylor of Athlete Ally will discuss the importance of fostering inclusion and respect for LGBT members of the campus community, urging straight allies to stand up and play a role in combating ignorance and prejudice. Taylor will speak at Moravian College on Wednesday, March 12, in Johnston Hall at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Taylor will share his journey of becoming a straight ally for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered) community and helps others learn how they can be an integral part of the solution. This program is about friendship, and standing up for our friends. It’s about making our campuses a safe space for everyone and celebrating the things we have in common, as people, as students and as citizens caring about fair treatment for everyone.

Hudson Taylor attended the University of Maryland, and was an NCAA-All American Wrestler for their team. During his last season as a wrestler, he decided he needed to speak out against homophobia and transphobia in athletics, starting with his school. He wore a LGBT rights sticker on his wrestling headgear, and this triggered awareness throughout the whole college community. His actions turned heads, and as he openly supported LGBT rights in athletics, he began getting an immense amount of appreciation from the LGBT community. He then decided to found Athlete Ally, a nonprofit sports organization that calls on athletes, coaches, school administrators, parents and fans to champion respect and inclusion at every level of athletics.

He has spoken at various high schools and colleges to faculty, students, coaches, and administrators. Hudson recently received the PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays) Straight for Equality Award and was named “Greatest Person of the Day” in 2011 by the Huffington Post. He is currently a wrestling coach at Colombia University in New York City.

Athlete Ally is a nonprofit organization working to end homophobia and transphobia in athletics. For more information about Hudson Taylor, visit http://www.campuspeak.com/speakers/taylor and for more information about the organization itself, visit www.athleteally.org. Like Hudson Taylor's page on Facebook and follow Taylor on twitter @hudsonism.

The program is sponsored by IDEA: Instilling Diversity Equality and Awareness at Moravian College. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Michael Wilson at wilson@moravian.edu or 610-861-1365.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.