Joe Mirabella

SF Giants Make History with First Pro Sports 'It Gets Better' Video

Filed By Joe Mirabella | June 02, 2011 8:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: homophobic behavior, It gets better, sean chapin, sports

The San Francisco Giants became the first team in professional sports to produce an "It Gets Better" video taking a stand against anti-gay bullying and homophobia. The Giants video features four current players - Matt Cain, Sergio Romo, Andres TorresĀ and Barry Zito - as well as Giants hitting coach Hensley "Bam Bam" Muelens, and delivers the "It Gets Better" message in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Lifelong Giants fan Sean Chapin encouraged the World Series champions to make an "It Gets Better" video by starting an online petition on following recent controversial incidents involving baseball coach Roger McDowell and basketball star Kobe Bryant. More than 6,000 Giants fans signed Chapin's petition.

Chapin is thrilled with the video. In an email he writes:

"I am ecstatic to see the San Francisco Giants reach out to LGBT youth and confront homophobia. I couldn't be more proud of my home team. I hope that the Giants' exceptional contribution to the It Gets Better Project inspires other sports teams and players to join this important cause. GO GIANTS!"

The video is below.

The Giants have a long history of supporting the LGBT community. In 1994, the Giants became the first team in Major League Baseball to dedicate a game every year to "Until There's A Cure" Day - raising money for HIV/AIDS research at a time when victims were still being stigmatized.

More than 10,000 "It Gets Better" videos have been produced since syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller launched the project in September 2010, in response to an epidemic of teen suicides by gay kids and kids perceived to be gay. Through "It Gets Better" videos, President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton, and corporations like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Pixar and other major organizations and leaders have provided hope to kids struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity.

If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, please call the Trevor Project at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR

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I'm glad to see sports figures standing up against homophobia.

Faaaaaannnnnn ... tastic!

Thank you so much, San Francisco Giants!