A couple years back, I wrote a longish blog post about Maryland all-American wrestler Hudson Taylor, an accomplished magician, theater devotee, wrestling badass and LGBT activist.
Last weekend, Taylor — who is straight — appeared at the 15th annual Human Rights Campaign, where a guy named Barack Obama was another guest speaker. In a couple weeks, he’ll be the special guest at the 2011 Champions Awards Reception, honoring leaders in and supporters of the D.C. LGBT sports community. (Buy tickets here.)
And on Saturday, he was also the focus of a a 30-second Buick Human Highlight Reel spot on Fox, celebrating “the accomplishments of former NCAA athletes who are making a difference in their communities.” The 30-second version, which also ran throughout the day on the Big Ten Network, is above, and a longer version is below.
Taylor, a three-time all-American at Maryland and assistant coach at Columbia, founded Athlete Ally, a non-profit meant “to empower athletes, coaches, parents and fans to stand up as leaders and challenge homophobia and transphobia in sports.”