Taylor thrice gained the status of National Collegiate Athletic Association All-American wrestler before graduating and becoming a coach at Columbia University. He also secured the most pins and the most wins in the history of collegiate wrestling at the University of Maryland, College Park and is ranked among the top five pinners in National Collegiate Athletic Association wrestling history. He holds several hall-of-fame records An athlete all his life, Taylor experienced denigrating humor in high school and college sports, but befriended gay people when he majored in Interactive Performance Art at the University of Maryland.
When Taylor began to wear an equality sticker from the Human Rights Campaign on his wrestling headgear, he faced backlash from his peers, but gained attention from the media.
When he blogged about experiencing homophobia in collegiate sports, he received hundreds of emails from closeted athletes. This experience eventually drove him to found the non-for-profit organization, Athlete Ally, "with the mission of educating, encouraging and empowering straight athlete allies to combat homophobia and transphobia in sports." "Foreign me and my generation, LGBT rights is a pressing issue," said Taylor.
"I believe that whatever history I"m a part of, I"m responsible foreign If I feel something is unjust or unequal, I feel a responsibility to do something about lieutenant".