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.
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.