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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Will the Atlanta Braves Follow the Giants' Lead and Create an "It Gets Better" Video?

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM

click to enlarge Case in point that it does get better
  • Case in point that it does get better

It isn't enough that the San Francisco Giants will be the first professional sports team to create an "It Gets Better" video for LGBT youth. What we need now is a more macho, unsuspecting, conservative group of athletes to follow the Giants' lead -- like the Atlanta Braves, perhaps?, a San Francisco online activist organization, fired off a tweet today, asking the Atlanta Braves to produce and post an "It Gets Better" video to curb LGBT bullying and teen suicides. It calls on every Major League baseball team to do the same.

" Follow lead and make an video to help youth ," the tweet reads.

The request is kinda funny and apropos, given that it was the Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell who was suspended after harassing a group of men at a Giants game last month, asking them if they were a "homo couple." McDowell, who returned to work yesterday, then took a bat and used it to simulate gay sex.

It was also this incident that gave San Francisco's Sean Chapin, a huge Giants fan, the idea to ask the Giants to join the It Gets Better project and produce a video encouraging LGBT youth to be proud of who they are. Chapin started a petition last week asking the Giants to take a "game-changing stand" on the issue, and explained how this would be a watershed moment for gay rights. More than 6,500 people signed the petition.

Yesterday, the Giants told SF Weekly that the team had already decided to create a video, but has not yet released the details, such as who will star as the spokesman and which players will be featured. The video was going to be released in August for LGBT night in San Francisco, yet given all the publicity surrounding Chapin's petition, the team decided to release the clip sooner.

"Now it's time for the Atlanta Braves to do the right thing," says Brian Purchia, communications director at

C'mon, Atlanta, show us you're brave.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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