Tampa Bay Rays: Make an It Gets Better video!
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Tampa Bay Rays
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Stuart Sternberg
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Matthew Silverman
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Andrew Friedman
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Tom Hoof
Vice President, Communications
Rick Vaughn

Tampa Bay Rays: Make an It Gets Better video!

    1. Petition by

      Benjamin Douthett

      Jacksonville, FL

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August 2011

Victory

The Tampa Bay Rays have announced their intention to film an “It Gets Better” video by late August, becoming the ninth team in professional sports to join the nation-wide campaign in taking a stand against anti-gay bullying and homophobia.

“We believe in the impact these videos can have upon LGBTQ youth in all communities,” said Brian Auld, Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Rays. “The Rays are proud to join fellow baseball clubs in taking a stand against bullying.”

The Rays’ decision came after Jacksonville resident Ben Douthett started a petition on Change.org asking the Rays to make an “It Gets Better” video. More than 2,000 people -- mostly Floridians -- signed Douthett’s petition.

http://news.change.org/stories/tampa-bay-rays-join-it-gets-better-campaign

More attention than ever is being focused on anti-gay bullying and homophobia in sports. It's time for the Rays to take a stand.

The reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants recently became the first pro sports franchise to release their own It Gets Better video. The response has been overwhelming, with fans of many other teams across America to publicly announce their support for better treatment of GLBT athletes.

This petition is for all fans, home or away, of MLB's Tampa Bay Rays, imploring the boys in blue to stand up for what's right, and let it resound from the Trop across the nation and beyond: "It Gets Better"!


 

 

 

 

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    1. Tampa Bay Rays Join "It Gets Better" Campaign

      Kate Stayman-London
      Senior Campaigner

      The Tampa Bay Rays have announced their intention to film an “It Gets Better” video by late August, becoming the ninth team in professional sports to join the nation-wide campaign in taking a stand against anti-gay bullying and homophobia.
      The...

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    • Juliete De Souza ORLANDO, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      Please help advance Florida to the next level of acceptance of the LGBT community.

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    • Jean Cameron GAINESVILLE, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      As a High School teacher of 30 yrs. I have witnessed some very tragic results to bullying. Sadly enough, it often comes from the school jocks, who seem to delight in tormenting those individuals they consider less "manly." It's heartbreaking to watch, esp. when young people are so vulnerable in establishing their identity.

      Bullying is NOT cool or funny and MUST be dealt w/ in a strong way!!

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    • Richard Waugh ST. PETERWBURG, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      Gay Dollars support the Rays and hugely give big dollars every year to them win or lose!

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    • Nan Callan WINTER HAVEN, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      These young boys and girls need you to step up to the plate. thanks for doing so.

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    • Colin Povey CLEARWATER, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      I am and have been a full season ticket holder for several years. I fully support this petition, and hope will too.

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