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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.


THE REQUEST

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.

Letter to
General Manager, Toronto Blue Jays Alex Anthopoulous
Office of the President Rogers Communications
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Toronto Blue Jays.

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As a member of society, I was utterly shocked and deeply disappointed with the recent incident involving Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar playing a game with a homophobic slur written across his face.

Although Escobar's 3-game suspension and forfeiture of his salary for those games to an LGBT advocacy group is a small step in the right direction, homophobia persists as a real and dangerously wide-spread problem in sports.

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.

THE REQUEST

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). Given what has happened, this is the least the Blues Jays can do to make things better.

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), and I sign this petition in the hopes that the Blue Jays will too.