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.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)