Ignoring Coach’s Criticism, Vikings’ Chris Kluwe Gets More Active In Gay Rights

Chris-Kluwe-gay-marriageLGBT advocate Chris Kluwe got a ding from one of his coaches for speaking out so much, but the Minnesota Vikings punter isn’t letting that stop him from standing up for the gay community.

Kluwe has been announced as the first pro athlete “Ally Ambassador” for Athlete Ally, a group dedicated to making organized sports a more welcoming environment for LGBT people.

“When I founded Athlete Ally, the vision was for straight athletes to stand up for and respect gay athletes, because it’s the right thing to do,” says the group’s direct, Hudson Taylor. “Chris Kluwe epitomizes this vision and will help us take our efforts to more people.”

Last week, Vikings assistant coach Mike Priefer said he hoped Kluwe would lay off the attention-getting proclamations, which have ranged from marriage equality to inductees in the Football Hall of Fame.

We don’t see Chris piping down any time soon—thank goodness.

Feature photo: Out magazine