Philadelphia Phillies: Please make an "It Gets Better" video!
  • Petitioned Bill Giles

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman
Bill Giles
Fan Development & Educational Programs
Ken Johnson
Manager, Phillies Community and Charity Events
Michele DeVicaris
President and CEO
David Montgomery
Vice President, Communication
Bonnie Clark
Director, Public Affairs
Scott Palmer
Director, Publicity
John Brazer
Manager, Community Outreach and Phillies Charities
Sophie Riegel

Philadelphia Phillies: Please make an "It Gets Better" video!

    1. Jerome Hunt
    2. Petition by

      Jerome Hunt

      Washington, DC

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July 2011

Victory

The Philadelphia Phillies, inspired by lifelong Phillies fan and former bullying victim Jerome Hunt's Change.org petition signed by more than 2,000 fans, became the seventh Major League Baseball team to commit to making an "It Gets Better" video, following fan-driven petition campaigns on Change.org’s platform for social change.

"Today, I am even more honored to wear my Phillies red because I know that this organization values and respects its LGBT fans, like myself," said Hunt. "Straight allies do make a difference in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment and I am glad the Phillies have once again shown why they are an elite organization who truly cares about the community."

Hunt also praised the Change.org platform as a means for creating social change: "The success of this petition shows just how one person can truly make a difference," he said. "When I started the petition, I never imagined how successful it would be."

The Phillies have indicated their video will be released to coincide with 'back-to-school.' We'll post a link to the video as soon as it's available.

http://news.change.org/stories/philadelphia-phillies-announce-it-gets-better-video-against-anti-gay-bullying

 

As a lifelong Phillies fan and partial season ticket holder who faithfully makes the trek from Washington, DC to Philadelphia numerous times throughout the season, it would be great to see this wonderful organization that I love tackle an issue that is near and dear to my heart.  As a gay man who was called "gay" and "faggot" in both grade school and high school, when I didn't even really know I was gay at the time, I understand firsthand the effects that bullying can have on a young person who is trying to find their place in the world.  Thankfully, I had a supportive family, friends, and teachers who made it comfortable for me to discover who I was free of judgment.  However, not everyone is so lucky to be in a supportive environment.  

The Phillies making an It Gets Better video could be that beacon of hope for an LGBT youth who is struggling with bullying and harassment for just being who they are.  Straight allies play a tremendous role in providing a safe space for LGBT youth to be who they are free of judgement, harassment, and bullying.  Hearing the words that it is okay to be who you are and It Gets Better from a sports star you look up can and does make a difference. 

Every day many young people face tormenting and bullying, especially those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). An estimated 61 percent of students have felt unsafe at school because of thier sexual orientation, while 39 percent have felt unsafe because of their gender expression, according to the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network.  No one should feel unsafe at school.  Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. 

That is why I am asking you to join me in asking the Philadelphia Phillies to create an "It Gets Better" video to stand up against the bullying of LGBT youth.  I plan to spread the word to my friends, family, and everyone I know and I ask you to do the same.

 

 

Below is a little information about the It Gets Better Project.  For further information and some sample "It Gets Better" videos, please visit: http://www.itgetsbetter.org

 

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.

Justin Aaberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. They were tragic examples of youth who could not believe that it does actually get better.

While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

 

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    • Jerome Hunt WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 3 years ago

      I would like to thank everyone for their support. It is because of you that the Phillies are going to do an It Gets Better video! I am extremely humbled by the response that this petition has received and I want to let each and every person who signed the petition to know that you made this happen. GO PHILLIES!!!!

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    • drew landis WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      having grown up with the phillies in the 70s and 80s, i love how far they've come on the field. i would be proud to see them produce an it gets better video.

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    • LAURIE GRIESEMER JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you, Phillies, for considering this opportunity to show your many fans that it does get better, that it is not ok to bully anyone, and that if a person is being bullied for any reason, there are millions of us out here who've got their back, all they need to do is speak up about it and ask for help.

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    • Odean Cusack PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      I hope you do this because PHILLIES are good guys and Im proud to be a fan.

      The Eagles are a disgrace to sports and the city of Phila with their idolization of the brutal dogkiller Michael Vick. Not surprising they make anti gay slurs too!

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    • Kelly VandenBosche NOKESVILLE, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      I may live in Virginia now, but my heart is still in Philadelphia!! Phillies - step up and be the heros that you are! :-)

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