Best Unlikely Activist (2013)

Chris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe has never been afraid to speak his mind. Whether the topic be dangerous field conditions or a new video game, it takes a mere Twitter account to get a direct line into the Vikings punter's head on any given day. We get the impression that Kluwe's coaches would prefer him not to be so outspoken, but we've always appreciated it. In summer 2012, Kluwe was thrust into the marriage debate after writing a wonderfully insulting letter to a Baltimore delegate defending gay marriage. He became the spokesman for marriage equality in Minnesota and played no small part in defeating an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as between only a man and a woman. Now, months after the election is over, Kluwe is still standing up for equality. He's even writing a book on the subject, called Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies. And as the NFL's most aggressive straight ally, he's paving the way for America's first openly gay active athlete in a major sport. That's a historical event we can't wait to see.


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