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:

Giants to Create Anti-LGBT Harassment “It Gets Better” Video 17 May,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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