Last week, a petition went out urging the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow to make an 'It Gets Better' video. The petition stated how great it would be to have the team send a positive message to LGBT youth.
The petition collected close to 8000 signatures. However, yesterday morning the team passed on the idea. The Broncos spokesperson Patrick Smyth had this to say:
"The Denver Broncos are committed to tolerance, acceptance and respect for all in the community. The National Football League is currently working with USA Network on its 'Characters Unite' campaign combating prejudice and intolerance, and our organization is in full support of that movement to help raise awareness for this very important cause."
Smyth did not mention the IGB campaign, but it was considered a pass. The petition organizer Andy Szekeres responded to Smyth:
"I commend the Broncos and all of the NFL for their work on a Characters Unite program to stand up against prejudice and intolerance but that is not enough or the same as standing in support of the It Gets Better Project. The Broncos have a rare opportunity to make a difference and give hope to thousands of LGBT youth across the country as the first NFL team to make an It Gets Better Video. I think I can speak for the thousands of people who signed this petition when I urge the Broncos to show the country that Colorado and the Broncos stand against bullying LGBT teens and youth," he added.The Broncos have the chance to lead the league and stand up for one of the country's must vulnerable populations."
To be honest, I'm very mixed about this issue. It would be great if Tim and the team made a video. However, I want them to do this because they want to, and not because a petition told them to do so.
Creating an IGB video out of sincerity should be the best way to address the LGBT youth. Are petition drives the best methods in bringing any group to the table? In some ways, could do more harm than good. Groups could be turned off by this approach. I would rather encourage groups to join the IGB campaign (without a pettition) and leave it up to those groups to decide their next steps.