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Straight Allies for Equality

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

of the most powerful voices for equality can come from our straight allies – those with LGBT friends and family who see the effects of discriminatory anti-equality policies firsthand, and those who feel strongly about advocating for the equal rights that all Americans deserve. That’s what makes the story of 17 year-old Jonathan Correia so inspiring. Jonathan is a straight wrestler from East Providence, Rhode Island, who is showing his support for LGBT equality by wearing an HRC sticker on his headgear. Jonathan told that he was inspired by straight University of Maryland wrestler Hudson Taylor. Taylor originally began advocating for LGBT equality in college, wearing an HRC sticker on his wrestling headgear. This year, Taylor launched Athlete Ally, which aims to end homophobia in sports. Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend saw Taylor’s profile on Outsports – and that spurred him to act. He told Outsports: “I figured that by me wearing [the HRC sticker], I could show support to crowds not reached by [Taylor].” To show your support for LGBT equality, visit HRC’s Millions for Marriage campaign. We’ll send you a free sticker as a token of our appreciation for your support.

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