Boston Red Sox: Please make an It Gets Better video!
  • Petitioned The Boston Red Sox

This petition was delivered to:

The Boston Red Sox
Senior VP of Public Affairs
Susan Goodenow
President, CEO
Larry Lucchino
Senior Manager of Community Relations
Sarah Stevenson
Senior VP of Red Sox Foundation
Meg Vaillancourt
General Manager
Theo Epstein

Boston Red Sox: Please make an It Gets Better video!

    1. Sam Maden
    2. Petition by

      Sam Maden

      Nashua, NH

June 2011


The Boston Red Sox, inspired by 12-year-old Sam Maden’ petition signed by more than 9,000 fans, became the third Major League Baseball team to release an It Gets Better video in the last month, following fan-driven petition campaigns on’s platform for social change.

“Bullying is something that has touched many of our lives either personally or through someone we love,” said Susan Goodenow, Red Sox Senior Vice President of Public Affairs/Marketing, in a team statement. “We are proud of dedicated Red Sox fans like 12-year-old Sam Maden who took the courageous step recently to publicly stand up against bullying of LGBT youth, and we are honored to join Sam and others throughout Red Sox Nation in support of the It Gets Better Project.”

The video, which was aired by NESN during a pre-game show broadcast, can be viewed here:

Every day, gay and lesbian teens in Middle School and High School are made fun of and bullied. It's sad that some of them are bullied so badly, they decide to commit suicide.  Recently, a petition much like this one was created to ask the San Francisco Giants to make an "It Gets Better" video. The Giants announced that they will make a video against bullying. We can do the same.

My name is Sam, I am 12 years old and my two friends and I really like the Boston Red Sox. If we can get a lot of signatures from our peers and teachers, we can possibly have the Red Sox make a video too!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9 signatures
    2. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Keep it up! If you have already signed this petition, share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and email.

    3. Reached 8 signatures
    4. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Help Sam out by sending a tweet to the Red Sox asking them to make an "It Gets Better" video.

    5. Eden James
      Petition Organizer

      Momentum continues to build for Sam's campaign! Check out this excellent article on Sam and the Red Sox petition in the Nashua Telegraph -- Sam's hometown paper:

    6. Reached 7 signatures
    7. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      New England's largest LGBT newspaper, Bay Windows, asked, "Will the Sox make an It Gets Better video?"

    8. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      From the Advocate, "I’m so proud of Sam,” Sam's mom said. “Stopping the bullying of gay teens has become very important to him."

    9. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      News about Sam's petition is breaking all over the web! This piece just appeared in Towleroad

    10. Reached 6 signatures
    11. Thousands of fans ask Red Sox to make an “It Gets Better” video

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE: June 4, 2011:
      Wonderful news! The Boston Red Sox just announced they will join the Giants and the Cubs in telling lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth that "It Gets Better." More than 9,000 people signed 12-year-old Sam...

    12. Reached 5 signatures
    13. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Have you shared this petition with your friends? Let's see if we can help Sam get 5,000 signatures!

    14. Reached 4 signatures
    15. Eden James
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! More than 2,000 signatures on Sam's petition. If you've already signed, please let your friends know by sharing the Red Sox petition with them on Facebook! Just click "Share" in the box to the left.

    16. Reached 2 signatures
    17. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      CNN: Use gay slurs controversy to tackle homophobia in sports

    18. Reached 500 signatures
    19. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      ABC News: Gay Sports Community Buoyed by Unprecedented Support

    20. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 3 years ago

      Good for you Sam!!! And Good for the Red Sox!!! It is so wonderful to see attitudes changing to build a more tolerant society! People like you pave the way!

    • Brian Mount SIMI VALLEY, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Do the right thing, make baseball a sport that supports every fan.

    • Brandon Neeld ORLANDO, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Fort Myers native PROUD of my Sox!

    • Mona Zeftel CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm an avid Red Sox fan. I hope you support this cause for teenagers.

      Go Sox!

    • Brian Longstreth ST PETERSBURG, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      It's TIME to step up and stop the bullying and deaths!


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