Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will be the grand marshall of the Twin Cities PRIDE Parade

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Kluwe has used his stature as a professional athlete to lead the charge for gay rights and equal marriage laws for the last few years as the Minnesota Vikings’ punter.

Now, he is taking his support for full equality of all men and women, no matter their sexual preference, to a new level.

According to CBS Sports, Kluwe will be the grand marshall in the Twin Cities’ PRIDE Parade in late June.

“To me, it’s not about being an athlete speaking out about gay marriage or equality,” Kluwe said. “It’s about being a human being saying ‘It’s not acceptable that this huge population of individuals have any less rights than me because they are gay.’ I am proud to stand with Twin Cities PRIDE as an Ally with PRIDE.”

Twin Cities PRIDE Executive Director Dot Belstler is thrilled to have such a high-profile athlete be so outspoken in the equality efforts of the LGBT community.

“It has been incredibly inspiring to see Chris take such a solid and outspoken stance for gay marriage and GLBT support,” said Belstler. “His voice has provided hope, encouragement and excitement to a huge population of supporters in our community, and it is my honor to have him as a part of our celebration.”

Kluwe recorded an “I have PRIDE” video. Check it out for yourself. It is simple, to the point, but expresses so much.

[Related: Brendan Ayanbadejo says there are four gay NFL players preparing to come out]

[H/T CBS Sports]