Important LGBT Outreach Event this Thursday

Hudson Taylor is a competing athlete and Division I college

wrestling coach at Columbia University. He graduated from

the University of Maryland as a Division 1 three-time All-

American wrestler in 2010 and currently ranks among the

top-five pinners in NCAA history. Hudson will soon compete

to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Team.

Hudson grew up in an Evangelical Christian family with

missionary roots. As the great-great-great-grandson of

James Hudson Taylor, a prominent nineteenth century

Protestant missionary to China, Hudson learned the

importance of acting on his beliefs.

Committed to civil rights and social justice, Hudson wore a

Human Rights Campaign sticker on his wrestling helmet in

college to show solidarity – as a heterosexual athlete ally –

with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

community. This single act drew media attention around the

country and prompted thousands of inspiring, personal

messages.

With this encouragement and support, Hudson became

more committed to his cause and in February 2011 founded

Athlete Ally™, a non-profit organization dedicated to

challenging homophobia and transphobia in sports.

Athlete Ally’s mission is to be a resource to encourage

athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the

sports community – whether LGBT, questioning or straight – to

respect all individuals involved in sports, regardless of

perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity or

expression.

Believing in the power of each person’s voice, Hudson created the Athlete Ally Pledge and Whydoyoufight.org blog to gather support from athletes and advocates around the country. To further encourage others to join him in building a fully respectful sports culture, Hudson is authoring, The Athlete Ally: Empowering a New Era of Leadership and Inclusion in Sports. The Athlete Ally will guide and inspire coaches, athletes, administrators, fans and parents who are eager to redefine what it means to be an athlete and a leader.

Hudson was named The Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” on April 8th, 2011 and one of the “Top 150 Reasons to Have Pride in 2010” by Advocate Magazine, and was recently honored by PFLAG with the “Straight for Equality in Sports” award. Hudson serves on the Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Sport’s Project’s Advisory Board, which works with K-12 schools to create an athletic environment that encourages respect, safety and inclusion for all students and coaches.

For more information on Hudson: www.AthleteAlly.org or www.facebook.com/AthleteAlly

Cocktail Reception Meet and Greet with Hudson Taylor

Thursday, June 2nd 2011 6pm – 9pm

Tickets: $65 per person

Watermark – 800 Ocean Ave Asbury Park, 07712 – www.watermarkap.com. All Proceeds to benefit Athlete Ally – a Non-Profit Organization

Host Chairs:

Frederick C. Raffetto, Esq. and Russell Lewis

Host Committee:

Hon. Barbara Buono, N.J. State Senate Majority Leader (18th Dist.)

Hon. Mary Pat Angelini, N.J. State Assembly Member (11th Dist.)

Hon. Daniel O’Donnell, N.Y. State Assembly Member (69th Dist.)

Hon. Ed Johnson, Mayor, City of Asbury Park, N.J.

Hon. Marylou M. Ferrara, Former Mayor, Township of Hopewell, N.J.

Gary Mottola

Sean Hollingsworth

Paul Vail

Jamie Fox

Melanie Knobel

Andrew Hacking

Robert McGarry

Vin Gopal

Amy Quinn

Susan Belfer

Jennifer S. Krimko, Esq.

Sponsors: Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P. C., Watermark and Falco’s Catering

For additional Press information/images of Hudson – rlewis@watermarkap.com

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