Toronto Blue Jays: "Come Out" Against Homophobia
After Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar wrote a shocking gay slur on his face for one of their games, the team should do the right thing and make a "You Can Play" video (think 'It Gets Better' for sports) to show that they truly support the LGBT community.
WHY THIS PETITION?
Having been both a Blue Jay fan and a gay man my whole life, I was utterly shocked and deeply disappointed when I saw Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar play a game with a homophobic slur written across his face (the English translation of which is: "You are a f----t").
It is 2012, and I never imagined such a thing would happen in Major League Baseball, let alone within my home team.
Since the incident, Escobar received a 3-game suspension and has forfeited his salary for those games to an LGBT advocacy group. While this is a small step in the right direction, the players, the management, the fans and the media have all indicated that homophobia in sports persists as a real and dangerously wide-spread problem.
Given the international attention Escobar’s action has gained, the Toronto Blue Jays have a phenomenal opportunity at the moment to bring awareness and positive change to the issue of homophobia in sports.
We ask the Toronto Blue Jays to do the right thing and to create a "You Can Play" video (more info at: http://youcanplayproject.org) to show that they truly support the LGBT community.
Other teams have made supportive LGBT videos, like the San Francisco Giants (http://www.change.org/petitions/ask-the-san-francisco-giants-to-make-an-it-gets-better-video). Given what has happened, this is the least the Blues Jays can do to make things better.
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