UPDATE: Nine year, NFL veteran and new member of the Oakland Raiders, Chris Kluwe, reading at Castro's Books Inc was standing room only on Tuesday as more than eighty people packed Castro's Books Inc. to hear him speak about his new book, 'Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies', politics, Queer rights, how silly the Pope is and life in general. His humor, intelligence and ease with the crowd was as striking as his looks and unwavering support of LGBT equality. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand from the jump and spoke with great conviction during the hour plus event. You can see pictures from the evening at Castro Biscuit's Facebook page here, and, if you haven't liked us please take a second to do so.
Chris Kluwe, newly minted Oakland Raider's punter, outspoken Queer rights and marriage equality supporter, will be reading from his new book, 'Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies' on Tuesday, July 9th in the Castro at Books Inc. on Market Street.
The book is a collection of super short essays, vignettes, letters, verbal excursions, lists, rants, complaints and occasions for showing off his not so subtle wicked political humor, wit and opinions.
For those unfamiliar with the 31 year old, married, UCLA educated Chris Kluwe story here is a brief synopsis: While employed in the NFL as a punter for the Minnesota Vikings he penned the infamous “Deadspin” letter to Maryland state Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr., who had demanded that the Baltimore Ravens owner force thier linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to stop speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage and recant his well publicized views.
In the letter of support Kluwe calls Delegate Burns a, “narcissistic fromunda stain”. He also assures Mr. Burns that in no way would support of LGBT equality "magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster." When the Raven's refused Mr. Burns request to censor Ayanbadejo Kluwes responds to Burns’s disappointment with a sarcastic “holy fucking shitballs.”
Kluwe's no-nonsense defense of fellow NFL, equality activist Ayanbadejo elevated the level of discourse on LGBT rights-especially on the question of marriage equality-all around the world in locker room circles where such discussions had never ever been broached before and fueled sports talk radio and television for months.
Since then Mr. Kluwe hasn't backed down nor lessened his resolve on forwarding the cause of LGBT equality. His new book is an extension of his thinking and passions for social issues and justice. It's a new format for him to kick his vision of how he hopes to see the world evolve and give voice to his beliefs on a myriad of subjects from overpaid CEO's in the essay, '30 Pieces', to the anger driven, nearly rap prose of 'Mirror, Mirror', where he rants, "“I have no tolerance for bigots. I have no tolerance for sexists. I have no tolerance for racists, would-be slave owners . . .” There is also a rather hilarious essay on former Pope Ratzinger's use of a Twitter account. Though it is a bit of thin tome it's chock full of quotable and memorable tidbits and highly worth reading.
Mr. Kluwe is presented at Castro's Book's Inc., in a collaboration between Hi Tops, the neighborhood's new Queer, sports bar and Team SF. The event will start promptly at 7:30 PM. Books Inc. a small venue, seating will be limited and it's suggested you arrive early to get a seat at what will surely be a standing room only event. Mr. Kluwe will read and sign copies of his book which will be in generous supply at the store for purchase.