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Tim Tebow Will Not Be Participating in an 'It Gets Better' Video


Without mentioning the campaign by name, the Denver Broncos have responded to a Change.org petition signed by more than 8,000 people asking them to create an 'It Gets Better' video.

...in a statement to The Huffington Post, Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth gave no indication that the team would be participating anytime soon.

"The Denver Broncos are committed to tolerance, acceptance and respect for all in the community," said Smyth. "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."

The rising popularity of Christian quarterback Tim Tebow, while not given as a reason for the petition campaign, was surely part of its inspiration.

Last year, Tebow produced a Super Bowl ad for anti-gay, anti-choice Evangelical group Focus on the Family, and given the group's anti-LGBT slant, folks have been curious about Tebow's personal views on gay issues, bullying being just one of them.

In June, Tebow's publicist specifically demanded that the topic of same-sex marriage be off-limits in an interview with the Washington Post:

When asked questions he clearly has not been asked before, he ponders and tries to respond as openly and honestly as he can. Only once, when asked about same-sex marriage, did his publicist, on the other end of the phone, protectively jump in to object that that was off message.

I wrote back then:

The article positions Tebow as a good Christian role model. But as one commenter on the WaPo love letter notes, "Until Tim Tebow distances himself from the hatred aimed at millions of Americans (including quite a few gay teens that end up killing themselves), he has no credibility as a role model."

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  1. who knew that 007 trolled the internets? does M know about this?

    however, i do still lust after george lazenby's legs (circa 1969) when he wore that kilt. how i loved james bond marathons when i was just a little lusty lad in my jams.

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Dec 20, 2011 12:40:20 PM

  2. I had a relatiosnhip with Jesus Christ. It was Hell. A pushy bottom he stole my best Duvet and auctioned it off on e-bay, before autioning himself off on Crag's List.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 20, 2011 12:42:27 PM

  3. V-8, it's this thing called ALLIES.

    that's why straight people are making these videos. for many young LGBT people there are no straight people in their own lives who are supportive champions for LGBT people. That's why these non-gay celebs, and indeed regular citizens, are making these videos.

    It's a show of solidarity, and it is indeed a big part of the movement. LGBT people who are struggling are empowered to know that there's more to life, and the country they live in, than the bigots they're unfortunately faced with every day.

    check it out: http://youtu.be/qiloehlRthM

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 20, 2011 12:42:51 PM

  4. Jesus hates the sin, not the sinner. Christians are supposed to do the same. We're all sinners no matter gay or straight. Christ loves you exactly the same as Tebow or Billy Graham...and sent His Son as a sin sacrifice to pay for our sins. He asks only that you put your faith in Him (Jesus) and repent and turn away from your sins.. no matter the sin. You'll never be perfect, which is why Christ willingly died for our sins. Please dont reject Christ's love and God's free gift because of bad experiences with fake Christians. Remember, only faith in Jesus can wash away your sins and save you from eternal torment.

    Posted by: itsMyTurn | Dec 20, 2011 12:44:46 PM

  5. @Rick -
    Wow - hard to believe that someone could be so dense but you nailed it.
    And for the rest of you false prophets writing your bigoted comments: ANY "religion" that widely accepts hatred, bigotry and discrimination is a FALSE one. True Christians DO NOT tolerate bigotry, hatred and discrimination of any kind. You are free to believe what you want, but know this: our country's Constitution protects us all from people like you. Deal with it.

    Posted by: Carl | Dec 20, 2011 12:47:22 PM

  6. "Dan Savage hasn't done a video about the need for more animal shelters, am I suppose to believe that he hates puppies and kittens?"

    Have several other sex advice columnists already done videos in support of animal shelters? Have 8,000 people signed a petition asking Dan Savage to make a video supporting animal shelters?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Dec 20, 2011 12:57:43 PM

  7. The entire team got beat by the Patriots Sunday, not just Tebow. They win as a team and lost as a team. The difference in this game was the three fumbles in the second quarter. You can't turn the ball over that many times against a good team and win. If they held on to the ball, they might have been able to protect their 17-6 lead.


    Posted by: Jackson Baer | Dec 20, 2011 1:18:50 PM

  8. Seriously...was really going to happen? No.

    Posted by: FreddyMertz | Dec 20, 2011 1:58:15 PM

  9. V8 - adding to LITTLE KIWI and expanding on what I posted earlier, a straight person - the type of person who might be expected to be an enemy (because a gay person would be the "other, " not "one of us") and a potential bully - doing a video, acting as an ally, sends a powerful message to other potential enemies/bullies that such behavior is not okay. It is an unexpected act, which draws attention, makes people think. A gay person would be expected to be an ally (RICK the obvious exception, of course). It's why, if Tebow was truly a good Christian role model, he'd be all over making an anti-bullying video. It would send a powerful message, and it would be unexpected given his fundamentalist bent. As it is, he just tows the party line.

    Posted by: TJ | Dec 20, 2011 2:12:57 PM

  10. Anyone hear about the republicans in Michigan trying to void local anti gay laws, that's what we should be talking about. Little Kiwi, there is no winning with someone like Rick, you just fire him up (you do what you want). He can slam dems for not doing stuff but we all know they run laps around the other side. The guy doesn't have to do one, plenty of people and teams have and will. Including democrats. But he does have one point, if dems screw us we Need to call them out the same way, Every time.
    I'd love for judge Judy to do one!! Anyone with me??
    A nice strong str8 woman!!!
    O and my opinion, LOVE Dan!!!!

    Posted by: George M | Dec 20, 2011 2:47:50 PM

  11. Have you seen an interview with Tim?

    I'm sorry, but he is gay... why try to force the issue when you couldn't imagine how he might be struggling with this.

    He is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, and he is clearly caught in the whirlwind. It's safe to say his family probably isn't the most tolerant, if you follow their evangelical roots.

    Don't forget, he's still a kid. His family and handlers have him firmly under their thumb. It might be more helpful if "It Gets Better" focused on the entire league instead of singling him out.

    Enjoy watching him play football. If he does a video or comes out, just imagine the impact?

    Posted by: Mac | Dec 20, 2011 3:05:04 PM

  12. who cares. why should he make one if he/denver broncos don't believe in it. it just makes it a hollow gesture.

    If he wasn't good looking, I don't think this story would even make it to Towleroad

    Posted by: Astro | Dec 20, 2011 4:25:46 PM

  13. I really don't care about Tebows position on anything except where he sends the football.

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 20, 2011 6:02:54 PM

  14. But does Jesus believe in Tebow anymore? After Sunday's game it looks like Jesus is a fickle friend indeed.

    Tebow reduces Jesus to a superstitious good luck charm.

    Posted by: To friend or not to friend, that is the question | Dec 20, 2011 9:40:29 PM

  15. LITTLE KIWI and TJ, thanks for the feed back... I know all about allies, other people who have been bullied, etc, but for me, still it comes across as just hollow, look at me publicity, specially when a whole sports team on what, at times, have a well-established homophobic culture, do it...

    of course we need allies, but again, how do they really know? and why is it that celebrities r still the role models? they send all other kinds of messages in the mix (that one has to be of a certain appearance, status, behavior, etc)... at the end of the day I wish had better role models, that more of us would come out and that people in our actual lives (not in our media lives) would be recognized as such (though I guess some kids might have bad ones at their immediacy)....

    it is all so complicated... I guess my frustration comes out of the whole "action speaks louder than words" aphorism......like when someone says the f word and then gets together with GLAAD and apologizes later... I think these sport celebrities could go visit classrooms and talk to actual kids, instead of doing a (at times) highly produced video with their team's PR company.....

    Posted by: V-8 | Dec 21, 2011 3:46:53 AM

  16. My role model is Jesus Christ.

    Jesus Christ would never endorse a company honoring the name of the pagan goddess NIKE!

    Posted by: Charles Hubbard | Dec 21, 2011 4:19:58 AM

  17. No one should be forced to do a IGB message. Let's be honest here, if someone like Tebow did one, there's a 99% chance it's not from his heart but rather because he was pushed into it. I'd rather he continues the way he is now and just not give us his opinion on gays, if it's negative which most likely it is, it would influence his horde of followers.

    Posted by: Bryan | Dec 21, 2011 3:16:44 PM

  18. Typical Christian Hypocrite!

    Posted by: Peter | Dec 21, 2011 6:12:46 PM

  19. Tebow actually denied it. I'm shocked. Shocked enough to write a post on him! Thanks for you point of view and great article! Keep them coming!

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 22, 2011 3:41:33 AM

  20. The irony is that we see (presumably str8) soldiers dancing with each other in musical videos they put online all the time.

    Posted by: Coach Outlet | Apr 23, 2012 5:02:02 PM

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