Many of us are aware of the It Gets Better Project (http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/about-it-gets-better-project/) started by Dan Savage in 2010, and directed at gay, trans, and questioning youth who struggle with issues of acceptance, many of whom contemplate suicide. Since then, over 10,000 videos have been made by public figures, organizations, leaders and everyday people.
Very recently, San Fransisco Giants Fan Sean Chapin decided to start a petition to mobilize the team to create their own It Gets Better video. After his petition recieved 6000 signatures, he was successful, and the Giants became the first professional sports team to commit to making such a video.
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT ADVANCEMENT FOR LGBT RIGHTS! Homophobia is a huge problem in the world of professional sports. Not one male player in the four North American pro sports league has come out as gay, and there several cases of gay men hiding their sexuality in professional sports only to come out after retirement (examples include Esera Tuaolo, a former Defensive Lineman for the NFL and John Amaechi, a former NBA player). The homophobic culture of professional sports can and does trickle down to all levels of youth sports as well.
The Giants' willingness to make an anti-bullying video signals a cultural shift both in pro sports and in our society. but it will only be a game changer if other pro teams follow their lead! With your help, we can change the sports world forever.
Help me to catalyze change by signing below and urging my favourite NHL team to be the second major pro sports team, the first NHL team, and the first Canadian team to stand up and say a loud and resounding NO to Homophobia!
- President and General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club
- Manager, Maple Leafs Media Relations
- Coordinator, Maple Leafs Media Relations
- President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
- Community Representative
- Community Representative
- Director, Maple Leafs Media Relations
We the undersigned, strongly believe that the realm of professional sports is no place for homophobia. As such, we believe that it is up to sports leaders to take the initiative to create an inclusive atmosphere and model the way for all levels of youth sports.
Recently after a similar petition with 6000 signatures was delivered the San Fransisco Giants became the first pro sports team in North America to announce their intention to create a video as part of the It Gets Better Project, (http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/about-it-gets-better-project/) a widespread project directed at gay, trans, and questioning youth who struggle with issues of acceptance, many of whom contemplate suicide. Since then, over 10,000 videos have been made by public figures, organizations, leaders and everyday people.
The signatories on this petition are urging the Toronto Maple leafs to become the second major pro sports team, the first NHL team, and the first Canadian team to make an It Gets Better video, thereby standing up to say a loud and resounding NO to Homophobia in the world of sports and to give hope to the victims of bullies!
Victoria Clowater started this petition with a single signature, and now has 161 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.