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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. 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.

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 3, 2012 3:04:14 PM


  2. Stop the jealous guys..he looks great..

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Oct 3, 2012 6:00:01 PM


  3. buying my vikings #4 jersey tomorrow

    Posted by: t | Oct 3, 2012 9:45:49 PM


  4. 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?????

    Posted by: Asher | Oct 3, 2012 11:46:59 PM


  5. @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!

    Posted by: Strepsi | Oct 4, 2012 1:23:06 AM


  6. SO, I WAS RIGHT! Chris Kluwe IS A "faggot!"

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Oct 4, 2012 2:00:56 AM


  7. 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

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Oct 4, 2012 3:18:39 AM


  8. @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.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 4, 2012 11:09:55 AM


  9. @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.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 4, 2012 3:39:31 PM


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