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ATHLETE ALLY

Victory Through Unity

aka ATHLETE ALLY, INC.   |   New York, NY   |  https://www.athleteally.org

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Mission

Athlete Ally believes that everyone should have equal access, opportunity, and experience in sports — regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Our mission is to end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQ equality.

Ruling year info

2011

Founder, Executive Director & Board Member

Mr. Hudson Taylor

Main address

25 W. 45th Street Ste. 504

New York, NY 10036 USA

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EIN

27-5527156

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

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Athletic Equality Index

Athlete Ally works to make sport policies uniformly inclusive through our Athletic Equality Index and through on-going campaigns and in consultations with sport governing bodies. Our Athletic Equality Index ranks and reports the LGBTQ+ policies and practices of every NCAA DI college in the country. Through the work of the AEI, the number of schools reaching an 85 or higher has increased 326% in 2022.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Activists

We believe that if everyone in sports is educated about LGBTQ+ respect and inclusion, then LGBTQ+ athletes will have a safer and more supportive athletic experience. To do this, we are investing in creating more online content to help eliminate geography and cost from being barriers to LGBTQ+ education.

Population(s) Served

Athlete Ally Campus Chapters are groups of student-athletes who are passionate about creating and sustaining LGBTQI+ inclusive athletic communities. To date, we have almost 50 Athlete Ally Campus Chapters in 23 different states. These groups are led by current college athletes who are working to expand LGBTQ+ education among their coaches, administrators and athlete peers.

Population(s) Served

Professional, Olympic and Paralympic Ambassadors work to end homophobia and transphobia in sports by leading their teams and communities to champion LGBTQI+ equality. We organize our ambassadors to speak out against potential legislation and policies that discriminate against LGBTQI+ people, while simultaneously supporting LGBTQI+ inclusive efforts within sport and society.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people

We bring together athletes, teams, leagues, and fans to support Athlete Ally's mission of making sports inclusive for the LGBTQI+ community. This year, Athlete Ally is championing local organizations that are leading the fight in the harshest environments for LGBTQI+ athletes in America. Campaign proceeds to Athlete Ally will support our efforts to bring LGBTQI+ education to coaches and athletes at all levels, to champion inclusive sport policies at the collegiate, professional, Olympic and Paralympic levels, and to keep up the fight against what has already been a record-breaking year of anti-LGBTQI+ legislation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Young adults
Children and youth
Young adults
LGBTQ people

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Athlete Ally will have successfully achieved its mission when homophobia, transphobia and LGBT bullying in sports are no longer points of contention or concern. Athlete Ally seeks effective policies toward the protection and inclusion of LGBT athletes and coaches. It seeks equal representation and access of LGBT people in all sports, at all levels across the globe. It seeks adequate marketing by pro-sports franchises to and for the LGBT community, and an expressed value of LGBT athletes and their significant contributions to sports culture. Lastly, it seeks to redefine sportsmanship to include the importance of allyship and the adoption of honor codes geared toward supporting marginalized groups. Athlete Ally believes that athletes are leaders and persons of privilege, with tremendous power to use their platforms, communities and voices for the wellbeing of others.

Athlete Ally’s programmatic activities focus on all levels of athletic participation, though most are executed at the professional, collegiate, and high school level. While much of the organization’s efforts are proactive in nature, particularly as we set the stage for LGBT players to be embraced by their teammates, coaches, and fans, a significant portion of our efforts center around responding quickly, appropriately, and meaningfully to the most pressing issues in the LGBT space.

Athlete Ally leverages partnerships with professional athletes and teams across the country, engaging them to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sports and encourage other athletes, coaches, and fans to do the same. It also has an active presence on college campuses and is in the process of finalizing a comprehensive Campus Ambassador Curriculum and Welcome Packet to help student develop sustainable and effective campus groups. This curriculum, being developed in partnership with the Cornell University’s ILR School, covers everything from student group constitutions, to talking points and a template presentation about allyship, to initiative and campaign suggestions to FAQ’s and more. A key element of our Campus Ambassador Curriculum is “Champions of Respect”, the NCAA’s groundbreaking guide on LGBT inclusion.

Partnerships are also critical for Athlete Ally to achieve its mission. Athlete Ally leverages its strong relationships with several nonprofit, academic and corporate. Among them are the National Basketball Association, the National Basketball Player’s Association, the Yogi Barra Museum & Learning Center, Nike, Google, Cornell University, the National Football Players Association, Huffington Post, the Center for Black Equity, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, among others.

Athlete Ally is uniquely capable of fulfilling its mission. Founder and Executive Director Hudson Taylor was a college athlete and has been active as an ally for years, building relationships and visibility as a straight ally. Athlete Ally has also developed a range of partnerships with athletes at the college and professional level, as well as with teams across a variety of sports and bridging international boundaries, to strengthen its message of tolerance and inclusion.

To date, over 20,000 people have signed the Athlete Ally pledge online, indicating a growing commitment to standing with

Athlete Ally has established a number of partnerships, most recently with the Huffington Post to conduct a series of twelve Voice to Voice written segments focused on the interactions of race with sexual orientation and gender identity in sports. Athlete Ally conceived this project, and coordinates and oversees all of its aspects. Kye Allums of Project I Am Enough, Ashland Johnson of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and LGBT advocate Akil Patterson are the lead moderators and content partners for this project. Huffington Post’s Voice to Voice series feature “candid conversations between individuals with something to say to or about the LGBT community”. This specific partnership between Athlete Ally and Huffington Post will feature 12 written moderated discussions with LGBT and ally people of color leading the movement to end homophobia, biphobia, sexism and transphobia in athletics. The series is entitled: “A Voice to Voice Series: The Politics of Playing – A Critical Look at the Intersections of Race, Sexual Orientation and Gender in Sport.” The discussions will focus on the interplays of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and how those relationships affect LGBT inclusion and allyship in sports. Topics may include faith, family, health, body, immigration, community, stigma, visibility, economic status, violence, masculinities and femininities, language and more.

Athlete Ally has also recently partnered with the Center for Black Equity to develop an LGBT inclusion guide for sports. This resource will be a guide toward building inclusive sports cultures and working in communities of color and will be issued in the coming months. Other partnerships include being selected by Nike to partner for 2012 Pride on merchandise; the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) for the 2013 Pride; the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center to unveil an exhibit and series of educational programs about allyship in sports.

Athlete Ally is also the official partner with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) on LGBT issues. Athlete Ally has delivered trainings at the NBA Combine to athletes and the league’s player development steering committee. These programs will continue to expand at the NBA/NBPA Annual Rookie Transition Program as well as with the National Basketball Retired Players Association. In addition, Athlete Ally authored an inclusion guide for the League that offers a concise overview of best practices and media strategies for creating an LGBT inclusive culture.

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ATHLETE ALLY

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Nathan Richards-Wedge


Board co-chair

Perry Williams

Lia Parifax

Carin Ehrenberg

Laura Clise

Joy Bunson

Krishna Omkar

Robert York

Sean James

Jordyn Lexton

Drew Martin

Jeanne Schneider

Bonnie Thurston

Louis Vega