“It Gets Better” & Sports Teams
Most, if not all have seen the Google video from Chrome “It Gets Better” – the project started by columnist Dan Savage. I am further encouraged with a quick search on YouTube and find numerous postings of “It Gets Better” videos. They are diverse and range from a Glee actor to the President of the United States, finally winding its way to our friends of the north in Canada. I am amazed and frankly in awe at the raw courage, compassion and encouragement displayed in these videos.
“It Gets Better” is an initiative giving hope to LGBT youth that can’t picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. It is designed to show them what our lives are like, what a future may hold in store for them.
This brings me to another bright spot in a tarnished arena. Professional sports have been known to promote “gay” game night at the same time some of their players are not our friends. To the teams that have taken the time to produce their own “It Gets Better” videos I applaud you. I thank you for taking the time to acknowledge this real issue that is deeply affecting our LGBT youth and community.
The San Francisco Giants were the first to complete theirs, followed by the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. The Philadelphia Phillies have completed their video and plan to release it around the time schools go back into session. In addition the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota twins have announced plans to make their own videos as well. It is also reported that the Washington Nationals have committed to a video, however, not confirmed by the team.
Watch the Giants video below:
No word has been given by the NFL as to when or if any team plans to produce a video. I am not sure if this is due to the lock out or some other factor. I am hoping for the former and this is simply a casualty of the lock out. Now that the lock out appears to be behind the NFL, hopefully they will get behind our LGBT youth and show their support. It will be interesting to see which team or teams announce their intentions of a video. This surely will be interesting and well worth their time.
I am no professional athlete, however, any encouragement we may offer is a great gift to our youth and those around us. We may never know the extent we affect those around us but we need to strive each and every day. For the MLB’s strive to achieve a greater good, I thank you! Let’s not forget the courage of these trail blazing teams and support them as they support us.
Spokes is a Richmonder and resident of Virginia for 10 years. He is a small business owner with a passion for outdoor activities - competing in numerous triathlons, sprints, olympics and half ironman distances.
St. Louis Rams’ Michael Sam, left, and his partner Vito Cammisano arrive at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft pick, was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the annual ESPY Awards on Tuesday. Sam, who announced earlier this year [...]July 17, 2014
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