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|San Francisco Giants players say 'It Gets Better' for LGBT youth|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|June 01, 2011 14:46|
Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants have put together the first video from a professional sports team for the “It Gets Better” project. Released today, the video features the team's Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Sergio Romo and Andres Torres acknowledging the struggle many LGBT youth face because of their sexuality.
The video went up earlier this afternoon, but already has several hundred views and dozens of comments.
“It Gets Better” aims to offer hope to LGBT youth who often feel isolated and alone in coming to terms with their sexuality. Formed by radio personality and author Dan Savage, the project has compiled thousands of videos featuring celebrities, politicians and every day people who understand the personal struggle in the wake of a series of high-profile LGBT youth suicides.
The Giants' video will encourage Sam Maden, a 12-year-old Boston Red Sox fan who is asking people to sign a petition to encourage his team to also make an "It Gets Better" video for the campaign.
"It sends a really nice message on behalf of the organization, and the players did a great job," Giants senior vice president of communications Staci Slaughter said on the team's website. "It's an important message for all teens to hear. We're pretty proud to be part of the campaign."
One fan commented:
I've been a Giants fan since my sister taught me the game when I was 8 (and I've been gay since forever). I cannot begin to describe how much this means to me, and will mean to scores of young gay sports fans.
Way to go, team!
Check out the video below:
Top photo: San Francisco Giants players record video segments for the "It Gets Better" project (via YouTube.com)
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