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University of Maryland wrestler Hudson Taylor is ranked number 3 in the country in the 197-pound NCAA wrestling weight class, recently became engaged to his girlfriend, and is a huge supporter of gay rights.
Taylor sat down for an interview with Outsports.com in which he talks about proposing to his girlfriend after the two watched Milk, wrestling with a Human Rights Campaign sticker on his helmet and why he is often labeled gay for voicing his opinion on LGBT issues.
"For me and my generation, [LGBT rights] is a pressing issue," the 23-year-old wrestler told Outsports. "I believe that whatever history I'm a part of, I'm responsible for. If I feel something is unjust or unequal, I feel a responsibility to do something about it."
Taylor makes it a point to say that he doesn't have any close family members or friends who are gay, though two maids of honor who are scheduled to be in the wedding are in a relationship. He says his passion for gay rights is more about righting a wrong than standing up for anyone in particular.
Taylor is majoring in interactive performance art at the University of Maryland and says his senior thesis will likely have something to do with LGBT issues. He is due to compete at the NCAA wrestling championships March 18-20 in Omaha.