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Activist Wants MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to Say It's Okay for a Player to be Gay: VIDEO


Activist and videographer Sean Chapin, who successfully led a campaign to get the San Francisco Giants to be the first MLB team to make an 'It Gets Better' video, responds to news of the recent gay extortion attempt on Minnesota Twins player Carl Pavano, with another campaign.

I am calling on the commissioner, Bud Selig, to step up to the plate and help put an end to [homophobia in baseball] once and for all - to let our baseball players know that they will be fully supported and protected by Major League Baseball if they’re gay and want to come out of the closet. And one day, a player will finally come out as openly gay, and be able to play the game with the freedom and honesty that other players takes for granted.


Chapin's petition here.

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  1. it's time for the gay men in professional sports to put themselves in the shoes Jackie Robinson was in.

    Change must come from within.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 2, 2012 2:38:12 PM

  2. Somewhat a minor point, but the San Francisco Giants are a baseball team in the National League; the New York Giants are a football team in the NFL. You have misidentified the SF Giants as part of the NFL.


    Fortunately, the SF Giants have done the right thing and not waited for MLB to do their own IGB program. The NHL (hockey) has been involved as a league and by its team, promoting bullying awareness and homophobia. The goodnews is that the effort for IGB/anti-bullying and denouncing homophobia is taking root in professional sports. More is better, but all national sports leagues are, by team or by league, becoming involved.

    Posted by: Mike in Asheville | Apr 2, 2012 2:39:44 PM

  3. Living in Cleveland we are so proud of our Browns defensive lineman Scott Fujita. Scott is straight but has worked diligently with GLAAD and HRC to fight homophobia and support marriage equality. If you are not familiar with him please Google him! He's an amazing ally!

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Apr 2, 2012 2:50:55 PM

  4. Thanks for the great article here at your blog. I know it will help me and many others.

    Posted by: | Apr 2, 2012 3:09:44 PM

  5. SF Giants an NFL team? So much for breaking that stereotype that gays know nothing about sports......

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 2, 2012 6:44:00 PM

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