Historically, Major League Baseball has been a leader in social change from civil rights and raising awareness on Jackie Robinson Day to Pink Bats and Breast Cancer Awareness.
It is time for Major League Baseball players to speak out against homophobia and anti-gay bullying. The San Francisco Giants have committed to being the first team in professional sports to make an It Gets Better video. Our beloved Toronto Blue Jays should be next!
Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. Let's ask baseball players to spread the message and provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that "It Gets Better."
The Toronto Blue Jays are our heroes and our role models. Please ask them to be GAME-CHANGERS!
-- Alisa Gayle (Blue Jays fan, fitness instructor and musician)
- Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager
- VP, Communications
- Executive Director, Jays Care
- General Manager
In the aftermath of Kobe Bryant and and Roger McDowell's homophobic slurs, legitimizing and encouraging millions of kids to harass gay and gay-perceived youth, it's time for a sports team to take a stand on behalf of equality.
The Toronto Blue Jays could be a team that proactively and profoundly connects to the LGBT community, making a game-changing stand for acceptance and equality. The San Francisco Giants have just made this commitment. Sean Avery and Grant HIll have also had the courage to speak out against anti-gay slurs and for LGBT equality.
Professional sports is one of the few remaining pockets of strong homophobia in our country. Kobe Bryant's homophobic slur against a referee, captured on national television, is the tip of a very large iceberg. That's why the time is ripe for sports teams to make a game-changing stand for acceptance and equality and why I am calling on the Toronto Blue Jays and their players to produce a video for the It Gets Better Project.
Born in September 2010 when a string of LGBT teen suicides made national news, the It Gets Better project has provided the LGBT and straight ally community a means through YouTube to connect to LGBT youth considering suicide. The project has since taken off with the participation of ordinary people alongside celebrities, organizations and politicians culminating in over 10,000 videos telling our youth that "it gets better."
The Toronto Blue Jays are in an extraordinary position to lead Canada and the rest of the professional sporting world in Canada and possibly make the most impactful It Gets Better video yet, not just as the only Canadian baseball team but also as ambassadors of a city known for celebrating diversity and differences with open arms. Should the team make a video to tell our LGBT youth that it does get better, the Blue Jays may be part of a watershed moment in professional sports.
It is time for Major League Baseball players to speak out against homophobia and anti-gay bullying. The San Francisco Giants have become the first team in professional sports to make an It Gets Better Video, and three other teams have followed suit. Our beloved Toronto Blue Jays should be next!
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