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Hudson Taylor to headline MCC event

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Hudson Taylor will discuss the future for LGBT athletes on Sept. 18 in Baltimore. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of Athlete Ally and former wrestler at University of Maryland-College Park, will be the main speaker at the Maryland Corporate Council’s business over breakfast meeting on Sept. 18. The event will take place from 8-10 a.m. at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 West Baltimore St.

The theme for the meeting is “Leaving It All Out on the Field.” There will be an opportunity to network with Maryland’s business and political leaders and learn about the impact of inclusiveness on professional sports. The issue of what the future holds for LGBT athletes will be discussed.

The cost is $75 for members and  $90 for non-members. To register, visit


Year in review: Chick-fil-A, Boy Scouts assailed for anti-gay policies

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Chick-Fil-A Appreciation drew supporters and protesters. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Advocates in 2012 criticized a number of national business chains and organizations for their anti-LGBT policies.

Activists organized protests outside Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country after Dan Cathy, president of the Atlanta-based fast food chain, spoke out against same-sex marriage during an interview. A University of Maryland-College Park student launched a petition to remove Chick-fil-A from the campus food court, but some questioned the effectiveness of those efforts.

Vandals targeted Chick-fil-A restaurants in Frederick, Md., and in at least two other locations across the country in the weeks after Cathy’s controversial comments. Local and federal law officials said Floyd Lee Corkins, II, had 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack when he allegedly shot Family Research Council security guard Leo Johnson at the anti-gay group’s downtown Washington headquarters in August.

The Boy Scouts of America’s long-standing policy against openly gay scouts and scout leaders came under increased scrutiny in April after the organization ousted Jennifer Tyrrell as leader of her son’s troop in Ohio. The Boy Scouts of America Executive Board in July reaffirmed the policy, but the organization has lost funding from a number of prominent organizations. These include the Merck and UPS Foundations.