Baltimore Orioles: Please make an "It Gets Better" video!
  • Petitioned The Baltimore Orioles

This petition was delivered to:
The Baltimore Orioles
Chairman of the Board/Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Orioles
Peter G. Angelos
Vice Chairman, Community Projects & Public Affairs, Baltimore Orioles
Thomas L. Clancy, Jr.
Vice President, Planning and Development
Janet Marie Smith

Baltimore Orioles: Please make an "It Gets Better" video!

    1. Mike Bernard
    2. Petition by

      Mike Bernard

      Baltimore, MD

July 2011


The Orioles have become the eighth Major League Baseball team to join the "It Gets Better" campaign, and the fourth to release a video. You can watch the video here:

“You should never feel like you need to hide who you truly are,” said Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta in the video. He continued, “The Orioles are just one part of a huge team of supporters that are here for you.”

This message had particular resonance for Mike Bernard, who started a petition on asking the Orioles to make an “It Gets Better” video. Bernard has been an Orioles fan since moving to Baltimore with his husband nearly two decades ago. “I am thrilled that the Orioles are supporting and reaching out to the LGBT community, particularly our young people who need heroes in their lives,” said Bernard. “When I was a young, gay child, I was terrified to tell anyone who I was and couldn't dream of having a hero like a pro ball-player who would tell me that I'm okay exactly as I am.”

The San Francisco Giants recently became the first pro team to make an "It Gets Better" video against anti-gay bullying. You can encourage the Baltimore Orioles to step up to the plate and make a video that will give hope to young fans who look up to their team.

Recent signatures


    1. SUCCESS!!! The Orioles have made the "It Gets Better" video!

      Mike Bernard
      Petition Organizer

      Hi folks! I'm thrilled to say that the Orioles have made the video! I've no idea if this petition helped them decide to join in, but the goal is met! Thank you for your help. Please send the Orioles a note of thanks for their support.

    2. Spread the word! Sign the Baltimore Orioles "It Gets Better" petition!

      Mike Bernard
      Petition Organizer

      Everyone, we have 155 signatures on this petition. We'd love many more to show the Orioles that our GLBT youth matter. Please share the link on Facebook, Twitter, and other media. Will you share with 10-20 friends? Ask them to do the same. Thanks!

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Mike Bernard
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone, please spread the word about this petition! Post it on your Facebook and tell all of your friends about it. We have a great opportunity to cultivate support from the Orioles, an important community leader in Baltimore and create a bridge for our LGBT youth!


    Reasons for signing

    • Amanda J BALTIMORE, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      The video went live today.

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    • Benjamin Levinger SAINT PAUL, MN
      • over 3 years ago

      Hey everyone, I started a similar petition asking the Minnesota Timberwolves to record an "It Gets Better" video. I would really appreciate your support! You can sign here:

    • Alexander Patton LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      As a lifelong Orioles fan (and expatriate Marylander) I've always felt like the O's are a really classy club. And making an 'It Get's Better' video would be a really classy move.

    • Andrew Patton SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Please help spread a message of hope for children who are dealing with overwhelming pressure and bullying because of who they are. I have always been proud of being first and foremost an Orioles fan, and I hope you will show me why that pride is well placed!

    • Jill Kramer CATONSVILLE, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      I have been an Orioles fan my whole life and I believe that there are many LGBT teens who are also fans who could benefit from hearing this message from the Orioles. This could make a huge difference in their lives. C'mon O's - don't let the Red Sox show you up!


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