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Giants To Participate In Anti-Gay Bullying Video Project

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The San Francisco Giants will follow in the footsteps of President Barack Obama, pop star Janet Jackson and more than 10,000 others who have made videos for an anti-suicide campaign geared toward gay youth, the team said Tuesday.

The World Series champions agreed to produce a YouTube spot for the “It Gets Better” campaign at the request of a fan who started an online petition signed by 6,000 people.

Seattle writer Dan Savage launched the “It Gets Better” project last year amid several highly publicized suicides by gay teenagers. It provides messages of hope to counter the despair of bullied or rejected teens.

Meanwhile, Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said his group is in discussions with Major League Baseball about getting players to participate in an anti-bullying PSA campaign expected to premiere during the back-to-school season.

“Sports teams adding their voice to the chorus of fair-minded people in this country who are calling for an end to bullying and violence against gay people are particularly impactful,” Barrios said. “Their audiences are the people, primarily young men, we most need to bring on as supporters of fair treatment of gay people.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, employees at Apple and the vice president of the European Union all have contributed videos to the “It Gets Better” effort.

British rugby star Gareth Thomas also made a video, but the Giants are thought to be the first professional team to participate, said Sean Chapin, the Giants fan who petitioned the team through the online site

“If every pro sports team joined the Giants in taking a stand against homophobia and anti-gay bullying by making these videos, it would have a tremendous impact on the lives of millions of kids and their families,” “Chapin said. “It would also contribute to a safer playing environment for gay athletes, from high school to professional sports.”

The Giants have not decided who will appear in the team’s video or what it will say, spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said in a statement.

After Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant used an anti-gay slur over a referee’s call last month, Bryant and four other players appeared in a public service announcement about respecting diversity that was played at Staples Center.

The World Wrestling Entertainment network also has produced PSA spots on the topic after a wrestler used several anti-gay taunts.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

  • nlson

    “Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional minority and by the mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

  • Fab

    Bottom line is Anti Bullying for anything period is good enough! Not just gays!

  • Giants suc

    Giants bite it. They should be standing up for ANTI-BULLYING PERIOD. Not just gay bulllying. Lame.

  • Barry Bonds

    Why wouldn’t the gnats do this . Most of the team is gay !

  • Trudy Sanders

    Hooray for the Giants. They can’t stand up for everything – I’m glad they’re doing it. You gotta start somewhere. Proud of them (every day) for taking a stand !!

  • Love Everyone

    Obviously bullying in general is terrible and needs to be stopped but there is nothing wrong with a campaign directed toward a specific audience. It was started by an older, wiser gay man who had a message to kids going what he had once gone through. They could relate to him. I think it’s nice that other people, gay or not, have taken the lead in saying “it gets better.”
    If you have a problem with this, you’re no help to anyone.
    Go Giants!

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