In recent years, a number of young Americans (many of whom are gay or lesbian) have been driven to suicide as a result of bullying at school. Here in Minnesota, two teenagers have taken their own lives within the last year after suffering bullying because of their sexual orientation. The "It Gets Better" campaign is a series of videos that remind victims of bullying that life gets better. They demonstrate support for young people who suffer from bullying, and take a strong stand against intolerance in all its forms.
The San Francisco Giants were the first professional sports team to record an "It Gets Better" video earlier this summer. They've since been joined by a handful of MLB teams, including our own Minnesota Twins! In the past several months, 2 prominent NBA players have used gay slurs on national television. Both players have since apologized, but it's time for an NBA team to take a proactive stand against the kneejerk use of hateful language.
The Minnesota Timberwolves should go on record to say that everyone deserves respect and that bullying of any kind is unacceptable. The Timberwolves are already community leaders, and they should be the first NBA team to speak out against bullying by joining the "It Gets Better" movement.