Philadelphia Phillies Doing Video Against Bullying and Homophobia
The Philadelphia Phillies have always been a team that recognized the power of believing. Over the years there have been years where the team has been the underdog and struggled, but through it all they fought hard and their fans might have been frustrated but we still loved them.
The team has just agreed to create an “It gets better” video to show their support against anti-gay bullying and homophobia. These videos are aimed at showing LGBT youth that life will get better.
A life-long fan Jerome Hunt who himself has been the object of bullying got 2000 signatures on a petition asking the Phillies to support this effort. Bonnie Clark, Vice President of Communications for the Phillies said “We are getting on board with the project and we’ve had some discussions with the project manager,” and “Based on the conversations we had with him, the time frame we’re looking at is probably going to be in conjunction with ‘Back to School.’”
Since the Phillies won the World Series in 2008 they have shown that they have been able to put their past struggles behind them. They have shown how a team can rebuild and that it can get better. So it makes them a perfect fit to be a part of this campaign.
According to Eden James, Director of Organizing at Change.org, "We're thrilled that the Phillies are making an 'It Gets Better' video,” “This will help kids in Philadelphia see that their heroes accept them for who they are, even if others do not. It also sends a clear message that there's no place for homophobia in sports, from the high school level all the way up to the pros."
The Phillies have become one of the most popular teams in baseball and everything they do gets noticed. Hopefully their participation will show everyone that we are all responsible to make sure no one gets bullied.
For more information on the It Gets Better Project you can check out http://www.itgetsbetter.org.