Chris Kluwe's Game Changer

The Los Al High grad and Minnesota Vikings punter is prying open America's last closet: major-league sports

No matter what happens this November, Kluwe is confident the country is changing for the better.

"I think the saying is 'History tends to move more toward greater equality over time,'" Kluwe says. "Younger generations grow up and learn that, hey, having a gay friend or knowing someone is gay, it's not the end of the world. It's not going to kill you."

In the arena of sports, Kluwe has already witnessed an evolution in the locker room, he says. When he was a rookie in 2005, it was commonplace to throw around words such as "faggot" and "gay" as insults. Now that's no longer acceptable. And when he does hear slurs, Kluwe actively calls out the other player, to set an example for the rookies.

"Hopefully, when they become seven-year or eight-year vets, they can pass that on to the next generation," Kluwe says. "It doesn't matter what your sexuality is, as long as you can play on the football field."

When the majority of athletes accustomed to such language retire, Kluwe is confident an NFL player will finally be able to come out while he's still active. It will be hard, Kluwe concedes, but the player will have plenty of support from people such as he.

Asked if sexuality will ever be a non-issue in the NFL, Kluwe nods confidently.

"Yup," he says, stone-faced. "About 60 years from now, when all the old people are dead."

 

This article appeared in print as "Game Changer: Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major-league sports."

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stevenwyork
stevenwyork

I finally had a chance to sit down and read this from a physical copy...(sometimes Weekly articles just read better on paper than the internet)   It still brings a shit eating grin to my face to know such an amazing humorous voice for equality has never forgotten his OC roots. 

 

Open up that damn gaming store in OC already! 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

Dude looks like a homeless can collector that hangs around Dana Point harbor.

laurakanter
laurakanter

Way to go OC Weekly, Andy Mannix and Chris Kluwe!  Thanks for representing the OC.  This is coming from the Director of Youth Services at The Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County and also, to support my credentials, the OC Weekly's 2012 Best Voice for the Little Gay.  Our youth groups would love to meet Mr. Kluwe and tell him about their amazing safe schools/anti-bully program.  So if you happen to be checking comments Mr. Kluwe, please contact me!  

Laura Kanter

http://www.ocweekly.com/bestof/2012/award/best-voice-for-the-little-gay-1324113/

 

Laura Kanter, MSW

Youth Services Director

The Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County

laura.kanter@thecenteroc.org

714-953-5428 x206 

jefe001
jefe001

On Thursday OC Weekly drops in LBC, and I usually pick up my copy on Friday. All three of my haunts have empty racks. DAMN YOU LUSTFUL COCK-MONSTER DEFENDER. DAMN YOU TO *HELL!*

 

(And, thanks for destroying every single negative stereotype I’ve held about football players. ALL of my friends know of you and have “lustful cockmonster” as part of their everyday vernacular. Even my Mom (err, thanks?).

 

You’re a radiant light showing the way, Chris Klewe. And Andy Mannix, a great article well-written!

 

PS: Is it “clue-y” or “clue”? Aside from whether it’s a LUSTFUL cockmonster or lustful COCKMONSTER, this is the most vocal debate we have these days.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Another pro dick sucker? Take the shameful behavior back into the closet where it belongs.

kbear09090
kbear09090

 @ageofknowledge You could teach him to be a pro. Wait..what...I can't understand with that in your mouth.

jefe001
jefe001

 @ageofknowledge But really, who wants to be an *amateur* dick sucker? Go big, or go home, right?

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @ageofknowledge WHAT?! You're a homophobe? I knew you were stupid, but this now guarantees you will never get any respect from us again.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

 @GustavoArellano  Lol... you know as well as I do that this entire organization is incomplete without me here to make the necessary corrections via this forum. 

 

And, there's nothing respectable about pushing homosexual behavior at people Gustavo. If getting your respect is predicated on me accepting the homosexual agenda, then I'll respect myself instead.

 

 

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

 @kbear09090  I don't need respect from a dirtbag low-life like you. In fact, if you tried to give me that piece of coal: I wouldn't even accept it. As for your universal claim to speaking for the whole world, we both know that's nothing but a fart in the wind. Don't forget to wipe ahole.

 
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