Ask the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a video for the "It Gets Better Project"
  • Petitioned Chaz Kellem

This petition was delivered to:

Pirates' Manager of Diversity Initiatives
Chaz Kellem
Vice President Community & Public Affairs
Patricia Paytas
Chairman of the Board
Bob Nutting
President
Frank Coonelly

Ask the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a video for the "It Gets Better Project"

    1. Sue Kerr
    2. Petition by

      Sue Kerr

      Pittsburgh, PA

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We are asking the Pittsburgh Pirates to take a public stance against the bullying of LGBTQ youth in our community and across the nation.  The Pirates have hosted "Pride Night at PNC" park going back to 2004 and have embraced and treated respectfully the local LGBTQ community.

This step builds on that foundation to send a message to all fans that the team recognizes the damage of bullying.

The Pirates have agreed to consider this request. We are asking for more signatures to urge them to film this video during the off season. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Pirates Complete "It Gets Better" video; plan launch

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      Hurrah! Stay tuned for a very big announcement from the Pirates that goes one step further than any other professional sports team in responding to LGBT bullying.

    2. The dialogue is positive, but we need fan support ... please share this

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      We are making progress, folks, but we need each of you to recruit one new signature!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Wonderful YouTube video on why the "It Gets Better" videos matter

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      i hope this will encourage you to continue spreading the word.

    5. Phillies Video

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      The Philadelphia Phillies release their video. Please check it out.

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Minnesota Twins become 5th professional baseball team to participate

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      We want Pittsburgh to join above "the .500" mark?

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Op/ed in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about this topic

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      Here's our reasoning on why this petition is an important tool. Please share with your friends using the "Share This Petition" link in the upper left hand corner.

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. Boston Red Sox release It Gets Better Video on July 1, 2011

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      Please take a look at this latest contribution of MLB to the It Gets Better Project!

    12. 13 Democrat US Senators have recorded a video.

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations to these leaders for their contribution.

    13. Pittsburgh City Paper adds this project to Slag Heap blog

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      The City Paper's Lauren Daley has some interesting details about the Pirates organization.

    14. Picked up by 2 Political Junkies blog

      Sue Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      A large local blog picked up this story and urged readers to participate. Thanks to Maria.

    15. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kelsey Craig CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm lesbian

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    • Lisa Wismer PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a straight person who completely supports LGBT rights, I also understand how it feels to be bullied. I was bullied in school as a child, and to this day (I'm in my 40s now), it still prays on my mind. I think it is a wonderful idea to do this video to teach others that bullying someone, no matter what they are, is wrong and painful. The Pirates would have my respect if they go forward with this project, and I live in Phillies territory!

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    • judith corr PGH, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Sports Figures need to be role models for ALL youth, not just some of our youth! and they need to take a stand

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    • Anne Laird Huber MIDDLETOWN, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a lifelong Pirates fan, and knowing tons of LGBT Pirates fans, I urge you to take part in this meaningful project!

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    • Janice Meinert GLENSHAW, PA
      • about 3 years ago

      The Pirates have an excellent reputation as involved community leaders. This is another way to show your fan and community support.

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