The San Francisco Giants told SF Weekly today that the team will make an iconic "It Gets Better" video to encourage LGBT youth across the nation. The Giants will be the first professional sports team to join the spirited campaign aimed at curbing LGBT bullying and teen suicides. According to Staci Slaughter, spokeswoman for the Giants, the team was already considering creating a video even before the change.org petition circulated last week, which requested that the Giants be the first sports team to join the campaign. More than 6,500 people have signed the petition. The It Gets Better Project started in 2010 after a slew of LGBT suicides across the nation. Since then, thousands of ordinary people, celebrities, and politicians have made videos.
I'm very, very, very gay, Sloggers, so help me out: aren't the Giants the current World Series of Baseball champions of the whole world?
Lifelong Giants fan Sean Chapin began an online petition drive on the website change.org to get the Giants on board, and convinced 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.
In an interview today, Chapin, a 35-year-old accountant who lives in San Francisco and works in Oakland, described the team's decision as a "breaking bubble" that will have profound reverberations. Giants' spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said today that the team already had been thinking of joining the campaign before Chapin started his petition drive, but his efforts speeded things up.
Dang, Sean, well done! (Sean's video pitch to the SF Giants is here.)