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Chris Kluwe Bares His Bod and Soul for 'OUT'

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OUT features LGBT equality advocate and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on its latest cover, and Cyd Zeigler offers some insight into Kluwe's well-known online diatribes opposing the haters:

"Your insults can’t be the standard f*ck, sh*t, bitch -- it has to be something that sticks in people’s minds,” says Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter, explaining how to craft a devastating letter to someone whose views you hold reprehensible. “Generally the way you do that is to take a swear word—usually a part of someone’s anatomy -- and attach it to something else that it normally wouldn’t go with. When you come up with a good one, you’ll know you have it because you’ll just start giggling to yourself.”

For example, “lustful cockmonster.”

Kluwe says that he actually spewed some of the anti-gay slurs at one point in his life:

But for Kluwe, taking a stand on gay rights is as instinctual as planting his foot into a ball. “It’s all about the Golden Rule,” he says. “Treat other people as you want to be treated. It’s that simple. It’s something that needs to be spoken about, and it’s something I can do while fulfilling my job as a football player.”

Growing up in Los Alamitos, Calif., 20 miles south of Los Angeles, Kluwe’s parents preached to their son a mantra of tolerance with a profanity-free lexicon. Neither stuck at the time. As a tween, gay slurs peppered his speech with the same heedlessness as his peers. “Unfortunately, as kids, sometimes you don’t understand what your words can mean because you’re not emotionally mature enough yet,” he says. “As you grow up and start learning about the world, you realize, Hey, some of this stuff is hurtful; I would not want to be treated that way. That’s part of maturing.”

Read the whole article over at OUT, and check out the gorgeous cover, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. excellent cover, much better than his usual photos. he is a good looking man if photographed properly.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Oct 3, 2012 8:02:41 AM


  2. Hero.

    Posted by: Rick Roberts | Oct 3, 2012 8:51:05 AM


  3. Isn't he great? And from the world of NFL, too. Not even liberal Hollywood comes close to his intelligence and common sense.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 3, 2012 8:54:46 AM


  4. His letters are truly epic, and he takes the (non)arguments of the religious right and demolishes their (non)logic to expose their rotten bigoted core. His self-censored profanity is the best, like SAD LEMUR FACE. Love it.

    Great guy, great ally, and obviously a great dad.

    Hmmmmm, which side has the more charismatic, bigger hearted, and hotter role models? Ben Cohen and Chris Kluwe FTW.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Oct 3, 2012 9:06:21 AM


  5. In one way, it's good to have players like Matt Birk stating their homophobic opinions in public. It means he can be challenged on his flawed logic. It gives us an opportunity to state our case in a way which simultaneously debunks the prejudice.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 3, 2012 9:15:07 AM


  6. Great guy, nice looking, too.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 3, 2012 9:25:33 AM


  7. Another day, another OUT cover with a "straight ally." What's the point of this magazine in 2012?

    Posted by: keating | Oct 3, 2012 10:10:49 AM


  8. Keating, what's the point of ANY magazine in 2012? Paper is over.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 3, 2012 10:16:33 AM


  9. Randy: agreed.
    Plus: mainstream media cover stories like Kluwe relentlessly, rendering print gay media especially obsolete.

    Posted by: keating | Oct 3, 2012 10:24:09 AM


  10. Intriguing that most of the pro athletes who have become strong advocates for gay rights have seen fit to pose shirtless either for gay publications or for products directed at gay male audiences (see Ben Cohen's calendar), the only purpose of which can be to titillate gay men sexually.

    Not sure what to make of it. Do they have bisexual tendencies and is this a safe way of exploring those--and does that explain their advocacy? Are they trying to use their advocacy as a way of cashing in on the gay segment, even though they are straight? Or is there some other explanation?

    And then there is the Tim Tebow phenomenon, where a self-proclaimed "Christian" virgin is posing shirtless for gay-oriented publications like GQ.

    And then there is James Franco, who seems to have a gay obsession (as does his brother) and who, when asked about it, has referred to his interest in sexual ambiguity.

    Are these examples all indicative of a very deep change in the male culture of the sort I have prescribed.......or are they something else?

    Fascinating, regardless.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 3, 2012 10:27:35 AM


  11. What is wrong with any guy posing shirtless, whether the target audience is gay men or straight women?

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 3, 2012 10:32:36 AM


  12. "What is wrong with any guy posing shirtless, whether the target audience is gay men or straight women?"

    Nothing necessarily--and I certainly enjoy looking at them. Generally speaking, however, truly straight men do not like being objectified by gay men--even if they are sympathetic to gay rights--so one would expect them to be disinclined to put themselves in the position of being so objectified by posing shirtless.

    Also, it would tend to take away somewhat from the seriousness with which the issues they are concerned about are being addressed. Being shirtless necessarily focuses the audience's attention away from the ideas you are trying to advocate and onto your torso, instead.

    And the analogy with straight women doesn't really work, because one would assume that a straight man would WANT to turn women on, but would not have any desire to turn men on.

    I'm just trying to figure out what their motive is.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 3, 2012 10:49:11 AM


  13. Intriguing that trolls like Rick and Keating feel the need to complain about every instance.

    Trolls like that should be ignored because they don't want to start a dialogue, they want to affect it with vitriol and negativity.

    Posted by: MateoM | Oct 3, 2012 10:51:27 AM


  14. "the only purpose of which can be to titillate gay men sexually."

    And thus spoke a big nelly homo who clearly has no straight male friends.

    As someone who spends a lot of time in the gym and on mountain bike trails with straight male athletes, I can assure you they aren't ripping off their shirts to try to turn us on. They are comfortable enough with their own sexuality that the thought doesn't even occur to them.

    The simple answer is that the gay male editors of these magazine ask them to pose shirtless.

    Rick's constant attempts to prove he's part of a burgeoning macho male culture and not some weakling fag would make for a fascinating yet tragic psychopathy case study. Someone might even get a graduate thesis out of it.

    Posted by: endo | Oct 3, 2012 10:57:21 AM


  15. I was in a mood this morning, but then I read Rick's comments and thought, "Well at least I'm not that miserable."

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Oct 3, 2012 10:59:46 AM


  16. Agreed, Jack M... Or even if the audience of the magazine is straight guys and gay women or any and all orientations and sexes. This pic looks like it's in an outdoor summer scene like in a sunny park throwing around a football; he's not dressing for an evening at the opera. Take that shirt off and keep it off.

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 3, 2012 11:04:50 AM


  17. "As someone who spends a lot of time in the gym and on mountain bike trails with straight male athletes, I can assure you they aren't ripping off their shirts to try to turn us on. They are comfortable enough with their own sexuality that the thought doesn't even occur to them."

    Right, but they are not POSING for a magazine.

    "The simple answer is that the gay male editors of these magazine ask them to pose shirtless."

    Right, so their audience can ogle them and objectify them and be titillated by them. So there is an INTENT and a PURPOSE here that does not exist in the casual situation you just described. After all, OUT does not routinely ask women they interview to pose shirtless, nor do they ask most of the gay men they interview to pose shirtless, do they?


    Posted by: Rick | Oct 3, 2012 11:11:42 AM


  18. The intent and purpose is that of the magazine editors, not of the subjects. So your poor little pet theory is simply wishful thinking.

    Sorry, Rick gurl, wrong again.

    Posted by: endo | Oct 3, 2012 11:24:07 AM


  19. Mainstream media MAY cover people Kluwe more than in the past, but I haven't seen an original photo shoot and in-depth interview until now. Kudos to OUT for taking the lead, especially after the awesome Zachary Quinto cover in October.

    Posted by: toby | Oct 3, 2012 11:29:10 AM


  20. "The intent and purpose is that of the magazine editors, not of the subjects. So your poor little pet theory is simply wishful thinking"

    The subject being photographed knows perfectly well why a gay publication or a publication with a huge gay audience (e.g. GQ) wants them to pose shirtless. These are intelligent and perceptive young men, not naive little boys.

    They know perfectly well what they are doing and what the purpose of their posing shirtless is.......namely, to titillate other man sexually.

    Clearly, something about that is deeply disconcerting to you and other adherents to the culture of effeminacy.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 3, 2012 11:36:56 AM


  21. Maybe Mr. Kluwe's motivation is simply the imperative of confronting bigotry and haters because it's the right thing to do.

    All I know for sure is that I love the man.

    Posted by: ElJiffy | Oct 3, 2012 11:38:38 AM


  22. I like being titillated.

    Posted by: AZEZPAT | Oct 3, 2012 12:04:11 PM


  23. Beautiful eyebrows.

    Posted by: Mikey | Oct 3, 2012 1:19:21 PM


  24. Beautiful eyebrows.

    Posted by: Mikey | Oct 3, 2012 1:19:23 PM


  25. Another hetero on the cover of "Out." Hetero over gay, that's the message. We don't have gay people who actually want a level playing field.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Oct 3, 2012 1:46:31 PM


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