Athlete Ally, which is a leader in the movement for full equality for LGBT people in the world of athletics. Together, the groups will offer proactive Athlete Ally trainings for professional sports teams. GLAAD and Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor will educate professional athletes about the importance of LGBT allyship and empower pro sports organizations to stand against homophobia and transphobia.
"This is not about politics, it's about being respectful of fans,
personnel, and athletes of all levels who just happen to be LGBT," said
Herndon Graddick, President of GLAAD. "Safe spaces for LGBT young people
in the world of sports can be just as important as they are in the
classroom. Pro athletes are some of our culture's most important role
models, and we want to empower them to stand up for teamwork and
"Athletes are leaders," said Athlete Ally Executive Director Hudson
Taylor, pictured left. "Today more than ever, professional players have the power to
affirm, connect and inspire people around the world. By taking small
steps based on simple ideas at the heart of sportsmanship - like
treating others as you want to be treated professional sports can unite
communities and create a better and more inclusive tomorrow."
GLAAD has worked closely with Athlete Ally and Taylor, its founder,
since its inception. Taylor was a three-time All American college
wrestler who is one of the top pinners in NCAA history. Now he’s at the
leading edge of a growing movement towards LGBT inclusion in the world
Taylor founded Athlete Ally to be a resource for athletes, coaches
and fans looking to combat anti-LGBT sentiments in the world of amateur
and professional sports, from neighborhood leagues to the major leagues.
All visitors to the website are presented with a pledge to be a leader
in educating others in the athletic community about LGBT equality: I
pledge to lead my athletic community to respect and welcome all
persons, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation,
gender identity or gender expression. Beginning right now, I will do my
part to promote the best of athletics by making all players feel
respected on and off the field.