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Straight Wrestler for Gay Rights

Straight Wrestler for Gay Rights

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A high school sophomore inspired by University of Maryland wrestler Hudson Taylor is taking a stand for gay rights and wrestling with a Human Rights Campaign sticker on his helmet.

A high school sophomore inspired by University of Maryland wrestler Hudson Taylor is taking a stand for gay rights and wrestling with a Human Rights Campaign sticker on his helmet.

Seventeen-year-old Jonathan Correia says his ex-girlfriend saw Taylor speaking out for equal rights on Outsports.com and encouraged him to take a similar stand.

"She's a very big supporter of gay rights and when she showed me that a college wrestler of his caliber can do something as simple as wear a sticker during competition, he could show an immense amount of support," Correia told Outsports. "I figured that by me wearing [the HRC sticker], I could show support to crowds not reached by [Taylor]."

Correia says there are a number of gay students at his school and one of his best friends is a lesbian. He also says he has to frequently confront stereotypes about wrestling.

"Wrestling is perceived as gay because it is almost entirely made up of men, and some people think that men that go out and roll around on a mat with each other in not much more than their underwear are gay."

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