• Petitioned San Francisco 49ers

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San Francisco 49ers
Director, Community Relations/49ers Foundation
Joanne Pasternack
General Manager
Trent Baalke
Executive Vice President
Patty Inglis
Director, Public Relations
Bob Lange
Director, Marketing
Ali Towle

49ers: Please Make an It Gets Better Video

    1. Sean Chapin
    2. Petition by

      Sean Chapin

      San Francisco, CA

 

A message to the San Francisco 49ers from Sean Chapin, who asked the San Francisco Giants to join the It Gets Better Project and started a historic movement in Major League Baseball over this past summer:

 

Dear San Francisco 49ers,

I’ve been a big fan ever since I was born in San Francisco. Growing up in the 1980’s was nothing short of awesome, because you were THE team -- the dynasty of the National Football League.  I still remember how it started back in 1981, when on 4th down in the 4th quarter against the Dallas Cowboys, Joe Montana took the ball, ran to the sidelines and threw the ball into the end zone.  It was miraculously caught by Dwight Clark in what’s become known as “the catch” that helped set up the 49ers’ first Super Bowl victory.

My favorite moment in 49ers history happened eight years later.  The 49ers were playing against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII, and they were down by a score of 16 to 13 with two minutes left in the game.  The 49ers offense marched down the field with amazing play after fantastic play. Then with 10 yards left to go, Joe Montana connected with John Taylor to score the go ahead touchdown and secured the 49er’s third of five Super Bowl victories. In those two minutes, I learned that when faced with pressure cooker situations, as long as you stay true to your heart, you can do just about anything. So I am reaching out to you, because my community is faced with a pressure cooker situation, and we need your help.

My name is Sean Chapin, and I am not only a fan of your team, but I’m also a fan of the San Francisco Giants. Earlier this year, some famous sports figures uttered homophobic slurs. I was concerned that this homophobia might trickle down to our schools and inspire kids to use homophobic slurs against other kids. So I asked the San Francisco Giants to make an “It Gets Better” video to help confront homophobia. They agreed and made a fantastic video. Then seven other baseball teams followed the Giants' lead and made videos for the It Gets Better Project. Today, it is amazing to say that one-fourth of all of Major League Baseball teams have reached out to LGBT youth to let them know that no matter how rough they may have it in high school, it is going to get better for them. In the meantime their favorite team will stand up against bullying. This has been absolutely wonderful for our kids to hear. Unfortunately, we still have so much more work to do.

Jamey Rodemeyer was a 14-year-old kid from Buffalo, New York. He was gay and made an “It Gets Better” video this past summer. He looked up to great role-models like Lady Gaga.  But he also faced a horrendous amount of bullying -- even during summer vacation through cyber-bullying.  It was ultimately too much for him to handle, so he took his life last month. His parents recently appeared on a national morning show to tell the country the bullies who bullied Jamey to death chanted “you’re better off dead” and “we’re glad you’re dead” after Jamey died --  at his school’s homecoming dance!

If a group of people are vocally celebrating the death of another person at a school event, and it takes a dead child’s parents to appear on a national television to  raise awareness, it means there is still a lot of work ahead of us to help make things better for our youth.

That’s why I am asking you to make an "It Gets Better" video, to reach out to teenagers such as Jamey to let them know their lives will get much better as they get through their high school years.  

The 49ers can do what the Giants did earlier this year in their own league. The 49ers can start a movement within the National Football League. They can inspire other football teams like the Buffalo Bills in Jamey’s home town to reach out to their local communities. Because, if you are known for “the catch” that started a dynasty, then you can make “the video” for the It Gets Better Project.

I bet your video will be caught by countless LGBT teenagers around the Bay Area and across the country. It will be historic and awesome!

Please consider joining the It Gets Better Project by making a video to help our LGBT youth.

Best Regards,
Sean Chapin

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. 49ers Petitioned to Make "It Gets Better Video" -- 7,000 Sign On

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      The local Bay Area NBC covers Sean's request to the San Francisco 49ers.

    3. 49ers to Make 'It Gets Better' Video?

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      SFist calls Sean's campaign "powerful stuff."

    4. Bay Area NPR Affiliate (KQED) covers Sean's petition

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

    5. Should The San Francisco 49ers Make A Pass In Support Of Gay Rights?

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      Even MTV is talking about this hot campaign!

    6. Fans Ask 49ers to Make "It Gets Better" Video

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      Momentum builds as Sean's petition continues to attract 49er fans and press alike!

    7. Reached 12,500 signatures
    8. Sean's petition featured on local news!

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Sean Chapin's petition asking the 49ers to make an It Gets Better video was featured on local news this morning. Check out the clip here, and share it with your friends!

    9. Reached 6,000 signatures

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    • John Davis HOUSTON, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Its mine and other great lives at stake

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    • Roberta Boyle LANCASTER, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Thank you for "It Gets Better Project " for LGBT youth in our nation is a great start. People need to stand up for them. Sport teams and athletes are looked upon by both youth and adults. Hopefully, they will listen to your message and learn something positive from it. Just because someone is different does not mean its okay to harass and torment anyone 24/7. Anti-gay harassment; bullying and harassment toward any groups needs to end. This is wrong. If you are gay or lesbian; you are born that way. You did not have a choice! It is passed from your mother's gene to you. I am proud and supportive of my family and friends that are gay and lesbian.! As far as the church/Bible it is how it is interpreted. John 3:16 (NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Paul said in Romans 8:1, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. If there was a sin that could keep us from being saved, the text would have instead read, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus EXCEPT for the homosexuals”. It simply does not say that! It's the love you have for God.

      Thank you for bringing awareness and to help confront homophobia , and change the U.S.A. peoples' attitude about being homosexual.

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    • Benjamin Levinger SAINT PAUL, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      Hey everyone, I started a petition for my basketball team (the Minnesota Timberwolves) to make an "It Gets Better" video. I would love it if you would sign it: http://www.change.org/petitions/minnesota-timberwolves-please-make-an-it-gets-better-video

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    • Camilla Blackburn EARLY, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a big fan of the 49ers and the It Gets Better Project is a great thing. Please 49ers, make a video and show the world that you won't stand for discrimination, harrassment, and bullying.

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    • Avis Marie Sandar SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      BECAUSE I LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO AND IN LIGHT OF THE ENORMOUS GAY/LESBIAN/TRANSGENDER POPULATION IN THE BAY AREA, I'D EXPECT IT.

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