Giants to Create Anti-LGBT Harassment “It Gets Better” Video

Last year, in the midst of a series of tragedies involving harassed LGBT teenagers, columnist Dan Savage and his partner created a YouTube video recounting their own experiences being bullied as gay teens. The message was simple but profound: It gets better.

That video became the genesis of the It Gets Better project, which has morphed into a major anti-harassment campaign. Politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and even President Obama have submitted videos, and a Google ad highlighting the project has been airing on TV.

Now, at the urging of one of their fans, the San Francisco Giants are following suit. Sean Chapin’s online petition asking the team to get involved has garnered 6,000+ signatures, including some candidates for mayor, and the Giants have responded, announcing they will indeed create a video. A team spokeswoman said the exact content has yet to be determined, but if it doesn’t involve Brian Wilson, I’ll eat my Giants cap.

Here’s a video created by Chapin, in which he cites the recent homophobic outbursts of Kobe Bryant and Braves’ coach Roger McDowell as reasons for a pro sports team like the Giants to participate:

And, if you still haven’t seen it, here’s Obama’s entry, which he made last October:

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Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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