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San Francisco Giants to Be First Pro Sports Team to Make 'It Gets Better' Video


The San Francisco Giants will be the first professional sports team to make an "It Gets Better" video following an online petition initiated by gay activist Sean Chapin which gathered more than 6,000 signatures, the SF Chronicle reports:

Giants 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. She said the exact content of the video, and which if any players or members of the coaching staff will participate, has not been determined.

Originally, the plan was to produce the video for the Giants LGBT Night home game in August, Slaughter said, "but now we're trying to get it done sooner than later."

The Giants have a strong gay and lesbian fan base and as an organization has a history of promoting tolerance, she said. In 1994, the Giants became the first team in the majors to dedicate a game every year to AIDS awareness.

UPDATE: Chapin's video proposal to the Giants, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. One of the reasons I'm proud to be a San Franciscan! Go Giants!

    Posted by: Steve | May 16, 2011 9:47:48 PM

  2. Awesome! Looking forward to it. Happy belated birthday, btw!

    Posted by: K | May 16, 2011 9:56:41 PM

  3. Here's what I don't get: what the F do these guys know about it getting better?

    I mean, nice to lend your name to a cause and all, but, they NEVER HAD IT BAD!

    How would they have any idea if it gets better or worse??

    For the most part they've been prized straight male athletes their whole lives, which is not exactly a spurned class of people in America.

    Just sayin'.

    Posted by: stich | May 16, 2011 10:07:07 PM

  4. @Stitch: Just because somebody is a success -now- and looks as though he has it all -now-, does not mean that was always the case. With the size of a team like that, it's a pretty safe bet at least a few of them have had rocky roads to travel. It doesn't matter whether or not it was a LGBT background: what matters is the survival of it all. That has a universal appeal. So what if it's not strictly LGBT? It still matters, it still counts, and it might still help a kid, LGBT or not.

    Posted by: Justin L Werner | May 16, 2011 10:17:33 PM

  5. Yeah, yeah, but who's the hot bear in the photo?

    Posted by: David R. | May 16, 2011 10:45:29 PM

  6. Brian Wilson. Fear the beard!

    Posted by: fan | May 17, 2011 12:31:41 AM

  7. Mmmmmmmmm Brian Wilson.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | May 17, 2011 5:03:29 AM

  8. I tip my cap to the Giants, and at the same time the 49ers. Both teams acknowledge their gay fan base,that includes many season ticket holders. For years... the Giants had openly gay people in their PR Department, and when they planned to build their new ballpark in 1995, employed as their spokesperson a former candidate for mayor,who happened to be a lesbian. Many MLB teams have Out Days at their ballpark. In this time of instant news via the www. being gay does get better. I know, because I've been involved in the gay rights movement, especially in politics and sports for almost 40 years. S.F. had the first gay softball league in the USA, today there are over 50 cities with gay sponsored leagues and organizations. Mayor Moscone threw out the first pitch of the 1978 Gay Community Softball League,before 2,000 fans. The gay bars in S.F. have always had tie-in promotions when bay area teams were in the play-offs. Thank you S.F. Giants for making our community part of America's pastime.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | May 17, 2011 7:06:27 AM

  9. "How would they have any idea if it gets better or worse??"

    And how do you know what obstacles they've had to overcome. Don't be so self-righteous.

    Posted by: Glenn | May 17, 2011 7:35:23 AM

  10. Gee, Stitch, I don't know. It's just possible that one or more of them is gay. Or has a brother or sister who's gay. Or a best friend in high school who was gay.

    Or maybe they just want to do their part to encourage young gay people to hang in there and not commit suicide when facing hateful bigotry.

    Posted by: wimsy | May 17, 2011 10:27:03 AM

  11. As a former resident of SF, being gay there is quite different than in any other city. The annual Pride Parade gets more funding than any other parade EXCEPT Chinese New Year Parade. The Pride Parade is televised - with local news anchors as the hosts, in a format IDENTICAL to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Police, Firemen, Civil Servants - EVERYONE is in the parade.
    As great as this is, the Giants joining in the "It Get's Better" video making was, as Stacey put it, going to happen anyway.
    This would be much more of a story if the NY Yankees or another team known for homophobic behavior was "convinced" to make an "It Get's Better Video".

    Posted by: Tre | May 17, 2011 12:25:56 PM

  12. @ Stitch and Justin: haven't you guys heard? EVERYBODY has a rocky road through adolescence. Gay people just have a layer that most people don't have, but that doesn't mean some very rough sh*t doesn't go down in straight kids lives: we all know it does.

    I've been in a 12-step program for some years and have been astonished to learn that the straight guys I know from that program have had just as rough a time growing up as I did. You don't have to be gay--you just have to be the tiniest bit different (and who isn't?) for the mob-mentality to kick in among adolescents. So chill about the nice gesture the Giants are making. In fact, why not try some gratitude instead of reflexive bitching?

    Posted by: Danny | May 17, 2011 1:36:43 PM

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