Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to release a collection of “uncensored personal essays”

The gay rights advocate will share his thoughts on faith, government, athletics and human rights

Topics: Chris kluwe, minnesota vikings, Gay Rights, Books, literature, essays,

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to release a collection of "uncensored personal essays"Minnesota Vikings' Blair Walsh (3) is congratulated by Chris Kluwe (5) after kicking a 56-yard field goal against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Houston.(Credit: AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter who became Salon’s sexiest man after he penned a scathing, impassioned letter supporting gay marriage, is now releasing a book that promises more “uncensored personal essays.”  The book, “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies,” derives its name from a line in the now-famous letter Kluwe wrote to Maryland pol Emmet C. Burns Jr.:

“By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should “inhibit such expressions from your employees”, more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE SPARKLEPONY.”

Kluwe, a gamer, self-proclaimed geek and fierce gay rights advocate, defies the stereotype for the typical football player. As such, his essays will tackle subjects spanning from faith to human rights to government, and more.

Little Brown has set the release date for June 25, 2013.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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