This class will be run by Hudson Taylor. Taylor is a 3x NCAA wrestling All-American, former Columbia University Wrestling coach, and most notably, the founder and executive director of Athlete Ally; a "nonprofit organization to end homophobia and transphobia in sports and educate athletic communities to stand up against anti-LGBTQ discrimination."
"After enrolling at the University of Maryland, [Taylor] befriended LGBTQ students in his theatre classes and became increasingly aware of the pain caused by homophobic behavior. Hudson, who is not gay, felt it was imperative that he confront an aspect of sports that no athlete should be proud of: sports marginalize LGBTQ athletes, coaches and others through systemic homophobia and transphobia. He decided to take action as a straight ally to change athletic culture for the better. To stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, Hudson wore an LGBTQ equality sticker from the Human Rights Campaign on his wrestling headgear in college. Though he encountered criticism from his peers, he received positive attention from the media, and received thousands of emails from parents and closeted athletes, expressing thanks and sharing their own experiences of homophobia in sports. This inspired Hudson to launch Athlete Ally."
Date: Thursday June 8, 2017Location: UPS Conference Room 643 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor. New York, NY 10036Check-in Time: 4:30-5:00 PMStart Time: 5:00-6:00 PM If you arrive 15 min. after the start time, this will no longer count toward your 5 life skills workshops. If you will be late, please text Jacque and let her know. (707) 494-0410