After hearing about then-college wrestler Hudson Taylor's support for gay rights, a 17-year old straight high school student has decided to share the message. See, love is louder. Follow the jump for the story.
Jonathan Correia wants to increase the volume of tolerance. The straight 17-year old high school wrestler from East Providence, Rhode Island, inspired by Outsports' 2010 profile of hetero ally Hudson Taylor, has started donning an HRC equality sticker on the left side of his wrestling helmet during matches.
He said it's his girlfriend who brought him Taylor's idea:
“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,” Jonathan said to Outsports. “I figured that by me wearing [the HRC sticker], I could show support to crowds not reached by [Taylor].”
While Jonathan admits that the sticker is a "non-issue" at his school, he does say he has a lesbian friend who appreciates that he wears it. You can add us to that list, Jonathan!
But perhaps it's misdirected homophobia that most inspires the teen to display his passion for equality.
“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."
Well, world, you heard it from Jonathan best: some wrestlers are straight; some are gay; some are straight with a big heart for lending a hand, errr, head to gay rights. Works for us!