Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe
will serve as the grand marshal at this year's 41st annual Twin
Cities Gay Pride celebration on Sunday, June 30.
“Also, thank you @TwinCitiesPride for
honoring me with the grand marshal position,” Kluwe tweeted.
“Really looking forward to the event! #practicingmywave.”
Kluwe “has proven his dedication to
GLBT rights by breaking down barriers in the Twin Cities and beyond,
opening the door for discussion about GLBT issues in athletics, and
remaining a steadfast supporter of gay marriage,” Twin Cities Pride
wrote in announcing its grand marshal. “We are so proud to have
him join us!”
Kluwe also created a video for the
group's I HAVE PRIDE campaign.
“I have pride as an ally because I
believe that we should treat other people the way we would like to be
treated,” he said in the video. “It's not about labeling
someone, whether that be gay, athlete or anything else. It's about
treating them as a human being with respect, dignity and compassion.”
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