Football is practically the state religion in this country, and so anything a football player says or does is as good as gospel. The Packers, however, have an even stronger connection to their community: they are the only publicly owned team in the NFL. Instead of one owner, they have over 112,000 of them, and have just reopened sales to increase that number. Football and the Packers were popular in Wisconsin long before football was the "American sport".
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the State's biggest newspaper, ran an article just recently detailing the diverse backgrounds of the Packers' receiving team. While none of them spoke of being gay or anti-gay bullying, many of them did come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and I would hope they remember how hard it is to be a teenager, especially one who doesn't fit in.
We are urging the Green Bay Packers to set an example for the rest of the NFL teams by making an "It Gets Better" video. The It Gets Better campaign started last fall following the alarming number of gay teen suicides around the country. The "It Gets Better Project" is a website and organization dedicated to helping "young people who are lesbian, gay, bi or transsexual see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future." We hope the Packers will continue fostering their impressive record of community connection by taking it to a new level. The connection the Packers' fans have with the team would make this particularly significant. Sign this petition to let the Packers know that you want to see them make an "It Gets Better" video.