Brendon Ayanbadejo, a 13-year veteran NFL linebacker who most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens, may be best-known for his LGBT advocacy. As a straight ally, Ayanbadejo’s support first came to prominence last summer when a Maryland state lawmaker, Emmett C. Burns, Jr., wrote a bigoted and scathing rebuke of Ayanbadejo to to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, and demanded he be silenced. Ayanbadejo of course refused.
Then, you’ll remember, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded to Burns with the world’s best-ever letter to a lawmaker, which used the now famous phrase, “lustful cockmonster.”
Ayanbadejo and Kluwe appeared together at the GLAAD Awards in New York City this year, and Ayanbadejo has continued his strong support of equality. He even has started to tour the country as a civil rights activist public speaker, and continues his work with LGBT organizations, as he did in the above image posted to Facebook by Adam Bouska’s NoH8 Campaign.