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GQ Names Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo 'Honorary Gays of the Year'


The Vikings punter and the Ravens linebacker offer GQ a joint interview about gay players in the NFL and the moment this year when Maryland lawmaker Emmett C. Burns came after Ayanbadejo's gay rights advocacy and got tackled by Kluwe:

Ayanbadejo: I was in the locker room when I heard about Chris's letter. I saw a line from it in a tweet: "They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster." I was like, "Oh, my God, I need to focus all my attention on this. I'm going to lock myself in a room, and I'm gonna enjoy every moment." Over the next few days, I had conversations with five to ten of the [Ravens players] about what had happened. I asked them if they could play with a gay player. Everybody was like, "Yeah, I totally could." So that was pretty impressive. It shouldn't be impressive, but it was.

Kluwe: The first player to come out is going to face unprecedented media scrutiny. It'll be historic. It's gonna have to be someone tough enough to deal with the distractions. And hopefully he'll know that not just me and Brendon but other players support him.

Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Says He's Writing Another Letter to Anti-Gay Lawmaker Emmett Burns: VIDEO


Shira Lazar at What's Trending follows up with Minnesota Vikings punter and defender of marriage equaliy Chris Kluwe about the reaction he received to his letter to Maryland lawmaker Emmett C Burns Jr.

Kluwe says he's written other letters in the past that haven't received as much attention, and he's writing a follow-up to Burns asking him to explain why he wanted to stifle Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo's freedom of speech.

Watch (love him!), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo Speaks Out on Gay Rights on CNN 'Starting Point': VIDEO


Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo appeared on CNN's Starting Point this morning to talk about the letter sent by Maryland lawmaker Emmett C Burns Jr. asking Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to stop Ayanbadejo from speaking out about gay rights and marriage equality. Burns backtracked over the weekend, but has drawn national attention to the issue.


CNN contributor Richard Socarides asked Ayanbadejo what the response has been from other players:

There's still some issues that people don't understand, some fundamental issues when it comes to marriage equality.  I think the most problem that players have is the tie between religion and equal rights.  You have to make it, you know, not a religious issue.  It's really just an equal rights issue.  And we're just trying to get approval from every state for each person to marry and not in a church.  We're not going to change anything religiously.  And people have their rights religiously and religious freedom as well.  We're trying to get letters from every state that people can have a marriage document and that's recognized in every state.
So once you get over that barrier, guys say, hey, love is love and you should be able to marry who you love.  It's really a changing of the guard in the football community because this even 12 months ago when I was doing op-eds for marriage equality, I would still hear certain snickering in the background.  I think we've changed the tide and come a long way in a short period of time.  And I'm really excited that my cohorts and my teammates and my team, the Baltimore Ravens, and the city and everybody is really supporting and gathering behind me in the cause to treat people fairly all in the name of love.

Also appearing in the segment is former professional football player Wade Davis, who has come out since leaving the NFL. Davis is asked if the League's ready for a gay player.

Says Davis:

"I think we're definitely ready.  The NFL as a whole has made so many great steps and strides.  We have players like Brendon coming out [in support] and the e-mail Chris sent as well.  I think the tide is changing.  I think we're making such great strides.  The NFL brings in players now to do, like, town hall meetings, to talk to other players.  The tide is definitely changing."

Davis says he "can't answer" if he knows of any current players are gay, to which Will Cain interjects: "I'd say that's a yes."


MD Lawmaker Asks Ravens Owner to Curb Brendon Ayanbadejo's Support for Equality [tlrd]
Ravens Player Ayanbadejo Responds to Request That He STFU About Gay Rights [tlrd]
Vikings Punter  Kluwe Comes Out Swinging in Defense of Ayanbadejo and Gay Rights [tlrd]
Vikings Punter  Kluwe, Defender of Marriage Equality, Appears on 'The Ed Show' [tlrd]
Anti-Gay MD Lawmaker Burns  Backs Down from Bid to Silence Brendon Ayanbadejo [tlrd]

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Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe, Defender of Marriage Equality, Appears on 'The Ed Show': VIDEO


Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, whose letter defending gay rights and the free speech of Baltimore Raven Ayanbadejo against the attacks of Maryland House of Delegates member Emmett Burns Jr went viral today, appeared this evening on The Ed Show to talk about his views and the Burns letter.


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Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Comes Out Swinging in Defense of Brendon Ayanbadejo and Gay Rights

Minnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe, like Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, is an advocate for LGBT rights and marriage equality. He has recorded three radio ads for Minnesotans for Equality, the group fighting a November ballot that would constitutionally define marriage as opposite sex only.

KluweListen to one of Kluwe's radio ads here.

Now, Kluwe, in the form of an extremely colorful letter, is coming out against Maryland lawmaker Emmett C. Burns, who this week urged Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to silence Ayanbadejo from speaking his mind on gay rights.

Here's the closing part of Kluwe's letter, published in full on Deadspin.

I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterf*ck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I'm fairly certain you might need it.

Chris Kluwe

P.S. I've also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing" and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. A**hole.

Read Kluwe's full letter HERE. It follows a more tempered response from Ayanbadejo.

(h/t think progress)

Baltimore Ravens Player Brendon Ayanbadejo Responds to Lawmaker's Request That He Shut Up About Gay Rights

Yesterday I posted a letter from Maryland House of Delegates member Emmett C Burns jr. to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti asking Bisciotti to curb linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo from speaking out in support of LGBT rights and marriage equality.

AyanbadejoSaid Burns in the letter: "I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions. I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing."

Now, Ayanbadejo says he'd "have to thank him more than anything for bringing national attention to the issue," USA Today reports.

Ayanbadejo expressed surprise that Burns was trying to remove someone's free speech rights: "For somebody to try to take that away from me I was pretty surprised, from a politician especially. People get fired for saying the things that the delegate said. People lose their jobs for discrimination...I think that whoever voted for him has their right to vote for who they believe represents their values. And if he represents their values, he's the best person for the job. If Obama represents the best values for the country, he deserves the job."

Added Ayanbadejo: "Its an equality issue. I see the big picture."


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