An Unlikely Ally Preaches Tolerance and Respect for Gay Teammates

An Unlikely Ally Preaches Tolerance and Respect for Gay Teammates 1

Melanie Burford for The Chronicle

Hudson Taylor, an assistant wrestling coach at Columbia U. and a straight advocate for gay athletes, founded a group called Athlete Ally that now claims 13,000 supporters.

In a room full of college athletes, an image of a wrestling match flashes up on a screen. "I used to rip people's arms off," says Hudson Taylor, a three-time All-American wrestler for the University of Maryland at College Park.

But Mr. Taylor, who graduated in 2010 with his team's all-time pin record, isn't here at Virginia Commonwealth University to tell players about his wrestling prowess. He's just trying to connect with them before getting to the tough