San Francisco Giants to Make Video for ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


The San Francisco Giants become the first professional sports team to join the anti-bullying, anti-homophobia “It Gets Better” campaign.

Movie stars, comedians, musicians, celebrities, politicians and everyday people have posted more than 10,000 “It Gets Better” videos to YouTube to help build awareness of the continuing problem of gay suicide and anti-gay bullying, but no teams in the pro-sports until the San Francisco Giants world have stepped up to produce a video.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Giants fan Sean Chapin began an online petition drive on the San Francisco website Change.org to get his hometown team on board the “It Gets Better” project and persuaded more than 6,000 people to sign on.

“The San Francisco Giants are in an extraordinary position to lead the rest of the professional sporting world and possibly make the most important ‘It Gets Better’ video yet – not just as the recent world champion of Major League Baseball, but also as ambassadors of an iconic city, revered for celebrating diversity and differences with open arms,” Chapin said in his own online video pitch to the Giants.

Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said the team had been thinking of joining the campaign before Chapin started his petition drive, but his efforts speeded things up. She said the exact content of the video and which, if any, players or members of the coaching staff will participate have not been determined.

The San Francisco Giants have a strong LGBT fan base and as an organization have a history of promoting tolerance. In 1994, the Giants became the first team in the majors to dedicate a game every year to raise money and awareness in the fight against AIDS.

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8 Responses to San Francisco Giants to Make Video for ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign

  1. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    Nicely done, SF Giants!

    The floodgates are now open and there’s no going back to the terrible 1950’s. I predict the pressure to repeal DOMA will reach a fever pitch in Obama’s second term as even conservatives see the writing on the wall and stop persecuting LGBT Americans.

    To the haters, you’re either with us or you’re against us. If you’re against us, get ready to be knocked aside. This train stops for no one. Woo hoo!

  2. Shayne K. says:

    This makes the Giants tower over the Lakers and douchebags like Kobe Bryant.

  3. DMason says:

    The SF Giants ROCK! Way to go!

  4. Nigel Karsten says:

    Our own Ben Cohen, who played rugby with the the UK’s Northampton Saints and Sale Sharks, just retired from the game and he and his wife, Abby, will concentrate their energies on Ben’s Stand Up Foundation to combat homophobia and bullying.

    In fact, Ben just returned from America and a broad tour promoting his commitment to ending bullying and homophobia.

    He’s enormously popular here and from what I gather, enormously popular in the gay community in the USA too.

  5. Randy Arroyo says:

    The City by the Bay is one, cool town and the Giants are a reflection of the values of the place they call home. Well done, Giants.

  6. Nigel Karsten,

    I’m very familiar with Ben Cohen. Not only is he a fine rugby player, he’s one of the hottest men I’ve ever had the pleasure to look at and, he’s a great supporter of the LGBT community and activist.

  7. stradella says:

    All these teenagers look up to sports stars like surrogate parents.

    When the kids see a team like the SF Giants film an “It Gets Better” PSA, young gay teens feel less alone and bullies get the message it ain’t cool to bash kids they think are different. This is powerful stuff.

  8. Woodcliffe says:

    Props to the San Francisco Giants for taking a stand against homophobia and against bullying in such a public way. Participating in the It Gets Better campaign sends a strong message everyone that the team isn’t made up of cretins but 21st century men of honor and courage.

    Good for them!

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