It Gets Major League Better
By now you’ve had to have heard about the “It Gets Better” video campaign. Designed to raise the spirits of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender youth who likely deal with bullying and homophobia, the campaign has moved from a simple video created by author and director Dan Savage and his partner Terry, to a nationwide campaign.
The virality of “It Gets Better” is in large part due to its stark, emotionally stirring videos of celebrities, politicians, musicians, activists and sports figures encouraging youth of all sexual orientation to hang in there, to not allow homophobia or bigotry to get them down, to be strong and stand up for oneself. Thus far, over 20,000 “It Gets Better” videos have been produced and shared online.
Featuring singers Ke$ha and Adam Lambert, actors Zachary Quinto and a few of the cast of Glee, comedians Ellen DeGeneres and Sarah Silverman to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama himself, the videos have been a quiet, moving call to all Americans to stand up together, united against homophobia.
A number of Major League baseball teams have agreed to take a stand on this issue as well, including the Giants, Red Sox, Cubs, Twins, Mariners, Nationals, Phillies and Orioles, each creating (or preparing to create) their own unique statement of support for a more tolerant and accepting Society.
To these teams can now be added the Tampa Bay Rays, the ninth Major League Baseball team to throw their combined baseball caps into the ring and to take a stand against anti-gay bullying and homophobia. “The Rays are proud to join fellow baseball clubs in taking a stand against bullying,” said Senior Vice President of Business Operations Brian Auld.
“We are thrilled and grateful that the Rays are joining the movement,” said Eden James, Director of Organizing at Change.org. “This sends a clear message of support to LGBT teens in Florida; it also helps to create a safer playing environment for LGBT athletes, from high school to professional sports.”
It is to be noted that although there are certainly gay and lesbian athletes throughout American sports, just as there are in the general population, none of those playing in Football, Baseball, Hockey or Basketball are open about it.
When they finally do, there appears to be tons of support for them out there. Maybe a few athletes coming out would be just what is needed to help hit this problem right out of the park.