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  1. bandanajack says

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

  2. jason says

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

  3. Strepsi says

    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.

  4. jason says

    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.

  5. keating says

    Another day, another OUT cover with a “straight ally.” What’s the point of this magazine in 2012?

  6. keating says

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

  7. Rick says

    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.

  8. Jack M says

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

  9. Rick says

    “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.

  10. MateoM says

    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.

  11. endo says

    “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.

  12. ChristopherM says

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

  13. GregV says

    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.

  14. Rick says

    “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?

  15. endo says

    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.

  16. toby says

    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.

  17. Rick says

    “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.

  18. ElJiffy says

    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.

  19. Billy Crytical says

    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.

  20. Geoff says

    What a good guy. It’s always puzzled me (also) when a straight man gets ‘grossed out’ and ‘angry’ from a compliment. I don’t get it. No threat. No nothin’ – . Oh. Maybe they aren’t so straight. Never-mind.

  21. Asher says

    Wait a second, why is Kluwe getting all the attention when it was Brendon Ayanbadejo who has been sticking his neck out for us for A LOT longer?!

    I’ve known about Ayanbadejo’s activism for a hell of a lot longer than Ayanbadejo than Kluwe.

    So why after hopping on the bandwagon is Kluwe getting all the accolades and attention and the interviews?????

  22. Strepsi says

    @ASHER: I agree that Brendon Ayanbadejo is the real catalyst and should totally get coverage.

    But what was interesting about Kluwe is he took down a public figure in such an EPIC way that it went viral. And his posts are not just wild profanity — they are a point by point listing of all the reasons “traditional marriage” defenders are hypocrites with no logic. In short, he said something succinctly the way a lot of people WISH they could have said it.

    Plus, Iove the expletive DISAPPOINTED LEMUR FACE WITH SOLITARY TEAR TRICKLING DOWN TO CHIN

    Great guy, great ally!

  23. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    SO, I WAS RIGHT! Chris Kluwe IS A “faggot!”

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  24. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    IT IS ONE THING FOR Chris Kluwe TO SUPPORT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE; IT IS QUITE ANOTHER TO POSE SHIRTLESS FOR A HOMOSEXUAL PUBLICATION.

    I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF Mr. Kluwe HAD A SEASON-ENDING INJURY IN THE NEXT GAME. PLAYERS HURT OTHER PLAYERS WHO ARE “IN THE WAY.”

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  25. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Asher: I agree about Ayanbadejo dating from 2009 and Kluwe from 2012

    @Eljiffy: In an Outsports interview in June 2012 about his making three ads for Minnesotans for Equality he mentions he has a gay brother-in-law (with partner – who want to get married) but says that even if he didn’t have a gay relative, he’d still be gay friendly because of his upbringing.

  26. Diogenes Arktos says

    @BandanaJack: Amen. I think one of the worst photos of Kluwe is the once which has recently been used a few times on TR. I cringe every time I see it. Outsports does a much better job in this regard.