The San Francisco Giants will become the first professional sports franchise to create an "It Gets Better" video to encourage LGBT youth. This after more than 6500 people signed an online petition created by gay activist and videographer Sean Chapin, report the SF Weekly and San Francisco Chronicle.
Giants' spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said today that the team already had been thinking of joining the campaign before Chapin started his petition drive, but his efforts speeded things up. She said the exact content of the video, and which if any players or members of the coaching staff will participate, has not been determined.
Originally, the plan was to produce the video for the Giants LGBT Night home game in August, Slaughter said, "but now we're trying to get it done sooner than later."
The Giants have a strong gay and lesbian fan base and as an organization has a history of promoting tolerance, she said. In 1994, the Giants became the first team in the majors to dedicate a game every year to AIDS awareness.
Chapin describes the Giants' decision as a "game-changing stand."
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