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Pro Gay Wrestler Wins ACC Title


Hudson Taylor, a University of Maryland wrestler who gained notoriety off the mat for his ardent support of equal rights for gay and lesbian people, won the 197-pound class at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships on Saturday, reports.

The win means Taylor, who wore a Human Rights Campaign sticker on his headgear for part of the season and proposed to his girlfriend the night they saw Milk, has qualified for the NCAA championships in Omaha March 18-20.

Outsports' Jim Buzinski, who interviewed Taylor in February, says the wrestler "is one of the most unique athletes I've ever spoken with, and his support for gay rights is inspiring and rare among straight athletes."

After Buzinki's interview first ran on Outsports, Taylor wrote the journalist, "I am getting the most moving emails from people around the world. I mean, supporting the LGBT community is such a no-brainer to me. I couldn't imagine it any other way. I'm so humbled to learn about some of the courageous stories of these people. And I've been responding to all of them."

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