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Toronto Blue Jays: "Come Out" Against Homophobia
  • Petitioned Alex Anthopoulous

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General Manager, Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Anthopoulous
Office of the President
Rogers Communications

Toronto Blue Jays: "Come Out" Against Homophobia

    1. Petition by

      C P

      Bowmanville, Canada

After Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar wrote a shocking gay slur on his face for one of their games, the team should do the right thing and make a "You Can Play" video (think 'It Gets Better' for sports) to show that they truly support the LGBT community.


WHY THIS PETITION?

Having been both a Blue Jay fan and a gay man my whole life, I was utterly shocked and deeply disappointed when I saw Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar play a game with a homophobic slur written across his face (the English translation of which is: "You are a f----t").

It is 2012, and I never imagined such a thing would happen in Major League Baseball, let alone within my home team. 

Since the incident, Escobar received a 3-game suspension and has forfeited his salary for those games to an LGBT advocacy group. While this is a small step in the right direction, the players, the management, the fans and the media have all indicated that homophobia in sports persists as a real and dangerously wide-spread problem.

Given the international attention Escobar’s action has gained, the Toronto Blue Jays have a phenomenal opportunity at the moment to bring awareness and positive change to the issue of homophobia in sports.


THE REQUEST

We ask the Toronto Blue Jays to do the right thing and to create a "You Can Play" video (more info at: http://youcanplayproject.org) to show that they truly support the LGBT community.

 

Other teams have made supportive LGBT videos, like the San Francisco Giants (http://www.change.org/petitions/ask-the-san-francisco-giants-to-make-an-it-gets-better-video). Given what has happened, this is the least the Blues Jays can do to make things better.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Thank You!

      C P
      by C P
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to the 3,531 of you who supported the LGBT community by standing up against homophobia & signing this petition. We succeeded in raising awareness on this issue with coverage of this petition by more than 85 media outlets across Canada. What an amazing accomplishment that each of you can be proud of!

      Unfortunately, the Jays have been very slow in making good on their promise to act in support of the LGBT community. While this is disappointing, I trust their VP of Comms, Jay Stenhouse, who has told me the Jays continue to work with YCP & will likely do something further with them at the start of the next season.

      In the meantime, Yunel Escobar is no longer with the Jays. We hope that he has learned from this experience & that he will take those lessons forward to his new team.

      MLB has a long way to go to create a welcoming & inclusive environment for it's LGBT players & fans, let's all continue to stand up & encourage them to step up to plate & do the right thing!

    2. The pressure is building.

      C P
      by C P
      Petition Organizer

      I spoke with the TBJ's VP of Communications, Jay Steinhouse, today. No commitment from them yet about making a video, but they understand that public pressure is building and they are considering their next move. We have over 3,200 signatures on this petition so far, which more than 86 Canadian media outlets have reported on, and we're starting to get attention in the US. Keep spreading the word and let's keep the pressure on the Jays to step up to the plate and do the right thing.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. More Media Coverage

      C P
      by C P
      Petition Organizer

      With over 1,500 signatures now, the Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail are the latest media outlets to pick up on our petition. Check out their articles below.

      The Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/mlb/article/1262894--jays-yunel-escobar-set-for-first-start-in-toronto-since-suspension

      Globe & Mail:
      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/orioles-tie-team-mark-with-seven-homers-rout-jays/article4571123/

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. National Post reports on petition

      C P
      by C P
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your support and your comments, the media is picking up on our petition. The National Post has reported on our efforts and even provided a direct link right here. Your voices are being heard. Please spread the word and ask your friends and family to sign the petition as well.

      Read the National Post article here: http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/09/26/blue-jays-urged-to-make-video-condemning-homophobia-after-yunel-escobar-fiasco/

    7. Reached 1,050 signatures
    8. 300 Supporters and still going!!!

      C P
      by C P
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has signed this petition so far! You are amazing! Please share the petition with others and let's keep this ball rolling!

    9. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Rochelle Kuystermans LANGDON, AL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I belive this man should be kicked out of baseball world wide permently and forbidden from speaking publically . I belive he should also be investigated for hate crimes.

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    • Andrew Kinsman TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It appears that the ignorant bigot has been traded. Too bad he wasn't booted out of the league entirely, but his miserable disposition and lack of talent will have him out of work soon enough. Good.

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    • Norm Galliford SARNIA ON, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      All in sports are role models and are accountable for their actions. This action condones bullying and says to the general public it's OK to demean others.

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    • shae b SWIFT CURRENT, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      More people need to be proud of their sexuality.? (Optional)

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    • Peter Meissnitzer KELOWNA BC, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Gay people are a minority in society but should be treated equal just like everyone else they pay there taxes , work , live in our communities . There sexual orientation should be and is irrelevant . This is 2012 not 1012 let's get with the times and respect everyone.

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