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Friday, June 3, 2011

Chicago Cubs To Record "It Gets Better" Video

Posted by on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Windy City Times:

The Chicago Cubs will produce an "It Gets Better" video, which takes a stand against anti-gay bullying and homophobia. The project has been in the works for more than a week and is set to be filmed after the team returns to Wrigley Field from its current 10-game road trip. The Cubs will be the second professional sports team to participate in the "It Gets Better" campaign following the San Francisco Giants who released their video earlier this week. "The Cubs applaud the Giants for their stand against anti-LGBT bullying. Bullying of anyone for any reason is unacceptable," said Laura Ricketts, Cubs owner and board member. "We are proud to join the Giants in taking a stand against bullying and encourage other professional sports organizations to do the same."

This is the one I wish my mom was still around to see.

UPDATE: Cui Bono asks: "I'm probably late here, but is anyone working on the Mariners, or is the idea to have people come around on their own?"

There's a petition for that and it already has more than 1,000 signatures.


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How wonderful your hometown team's doing one!
Posted by gloomy gus on June 3, 2011 at 3:18 PM · Report this
Cui Bono 2
I'm probably late here, but is anyone working on the Mariners, or is the idea to have people come around on their own? Just saying.
Posted by Cui Bono on June 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 3
There's a petition on for the Mariners to record an "It Gets Better" video. It's getting a lot of signatures today.…
Posted by Gern Blanston on June 3, 2011 at 3:24 PM · Report this
Joe M 4
If it's a smidgen of consolation Dan: My mom, a lifelong Cub fan, who voted for Goldwater in '64 but came around to vote for Obama in '08, will be around to see it. And so will other mothers like mine, and I suspect yours too. Here's to her.
Posted by Joe M on June 3, 2011 at 3:26 PM · Report this
Thanks, Joe. xxxooo
Posted by Dan Savage on June 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM · Report this
sheschemes 6
There's a petition for the Mariners to make one at They mass-emailed me about it this morning.…
Posted by sheschemes on June 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM · Report this
sheschemes 7
Gern, you beat me to it!
Posted by sheschemes on June 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM · Report this
gcm 8
unfortunately, it doesn't get better if you are a cubs fan hoping for a good team to one day take the field.
Posted by gcm on June 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM · Report this
leek 9
As I said after the Giants did theirs, I don't have high hopes for the Mariners doing one as they are "the most don't-rock-the-boat-even-with-say-trying-to-be-successful-at-baseball team ever." But I signed the petition anyway!
Posted by leek on June 3, 2011 at 3:34 PM · Report this
FYI, Laura Ricketts - the co-owner mentioned in the article - is openly lesbian and a board member of Lambda Legal.
Posted by girlnoir on June 3, 2011 at 3:39 PM · Report this
FYI, Laura Ricketts - the co-owner mentioned in the article - is openly lesbian and a board member at Lambda Legal.
Posted by girlnoir on June 3, 2011 at 3:42 PM · Report this
(Yikes, sorry for the double-post.)
Posted by girlnoir on June 3, 2011 at 3:43 PM · Report this
venomlash 13
Hey-oh, Cubbies!
@8: Too right, mate. The last game I went to, a few weeks back, was against the Rockies, and the Cubs let up four runs on as many errors in the first half of the game, pretty much dooming them. Even Kosuke Fukudome going 5-for-5 at the plate didn't drag them out of that hole.
Posted by venomlash on June 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM · Report this
seatackled 14
Mariners might still be too busy trying to eject same-sex kissers from the stands.
Posted by seatackled on June 3, 2011 at 4:27 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
I would far rather see the Gay Pride flag fly from on high at a Mariners game.

Sweet counterpoint to the Space Needle.
Posted by Will in Seattle on June 3, 2011 at 4:36 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 16
First, I want to make clear that I think the IGB campaign is one of the best things to hit the LGBT community in decades. Seriously.

Having said that, I don't think we should pressure organizations (like sports teams) to make IGB videos. They shouldn't be guilted into it, doing it only because they want to look politically correct. If we do that, we'll end up with tacky half-hearted watered-down messages of appeasement. No thanks.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on June 3, 2011 at 4:42 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 17
Somebody needs to start a petition to have Dan Savage sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch of a Cubs game.
Posted by Gern Blanston on June 3, 2011 at 4:46 PM · Report this
It would be a better argument if there was a single MLB player out as gay. Glenn Burke was the first and only gay player to be out during his career.
Posted by blueworld on June 3, 2011 at 5:11 PM · Report this
Hyzenthlayk9 19
Dan, every time I hear about the progress of the IGBP and the accolades that it and its founders (you and Terry) are getting - I always have a bittersweet moment when I wish that your mom (and Terry's dad) were both still around to share in this accomplishment, and see the life-saving and life-changing movement that each of their sons were able to bring into being.

I was saying something to this effect to a co-worker today, and further remarked that the "It Gets Better Project" has the spirit of Judith all over it - and that it is her legacy as much as it is yours. Anyone who has read or heard stories about your mom can clearly see her stamp on the project that was launched by her son and son-in-law.
Posted by Hyzenthlayk9 on June 3, 2011 at 5:58 PM · Report this
Dougsf 20
18 posts and no "...unless you're the Chicago Cubs" jokes?
Posted by Dougsf on June 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 21
i has my doubts. if they fought so hard to prevent a titty bar from opening, they prolly won't do a IGBP video for fear of offending their mostly conservative fans. i mean, wasn't there some controversy years ago when a LGBT group had their names flashed on the diamond vision screen?
Posted by scary tyler moore on June 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM · Report this
Fucking Cubs. Every Cubs fan I've ever met has been more likely to be the bully than the bullied. But hey, good on them, I guess. Even better if they can do it without being all "woe is us."

Regarding gay baseball players, does anyone know how the rumors about NL MVP Joey Votto got started? It seemed like suddenly everyone just thought so, and Joey, if you're reading, I have not met a single person who cares.
Posted by Humorless on June 3, 2011 at 8:18 PM · Report this
emma's bee 23
@17: sing? Hell, I think Dan should be pressed into playing that Wrigley organ, too.
Posted by emma's bee on June 3, 2011 at 8:27 PM · Report this
@16 I feel the same way. I would rather a team comes around on their own. It gives the effort a certain authenticity. On the other hand the more teams that do it, the more kids that see it, and an overall positive effect could occur regardless of how they came to the decision to make a video.
Posted by thunderchaps on June 3, 2011 at 8:36 PM · Report this
despicable me 25
Dan, my late really great brother died the day after your mom so I always think of her when I'm remembering him. Even though I never met your mom. And I wasn't given the opportunity to meet you. Doesn't make any sense, but there it is.

Yeah, your mom would be really proud.
Posted by despicable me on June 3, 2011 at 9:17 PM · Report this
Zoroastronomer 26
@22 I'm right there with you. I live in Chicago and the "fans" are some of the most obnoxious I have ever had to deal with. I have always noticed a hostile tone toward gays there, and thought it was odd, since the largest gay area in Chicago is only blocks away. If you bring that up to a cub fan, they treat it like a source of shame. But, since they are terrible and the stadium is half empty for games, you can't blame the Ricketts' for trying to get people to come out, no pun intended, to the park. Good for them, but they have a huge chumpy hurdle to get over with the fans.
Posted by Zoroastronomer on June 4, 2011 at 7:20 AM · Report this
prompt 27
That's great, other sports should really start jumping on this too. Just like having macho figures promoting light beer worked in the past, having athletes on all levels supporting this will help the mainstream image.
Posted by prompt on June 4, 2011 at 12:03 PM · Report this
gcm, I feel your pain.
Posted by My Name Here on June 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM · Report this
Maybe the obnoxiousness and homophobia of the fans is as good of a reason as any for the Cubs to come out and say that "It Gets Better." I'm from Wisconsin originally, and frankly, if the Packers did an "It Gets Better" video, the entire state of Wisconsin would immediately join PFLAG.
Posted by MinnySota on June 5, 2011 at 3:11 PM · Report this

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