• Petitioned Shana Daum

This petition was delivered to:

Senior Director of Public Affairs and Community Relations, San Francisco Giants
Shana Daum
President, San Francisco Giants
Larry Baer
Senior VP of Communications, SF Giants
Staci Slaughter
Executive Director, SF Giants Community Fund
Sue Petersen
General Manager, SF Giants
Brian Sabean

Ask the San Francisco Giants to make an "It Gets Better" video

    1. Sean Chapin
    2. Petition by

      Sean Chapin

      San Francisco, CA

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May 2011

Victory

Sean Chapin petitions his favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, to create a video against gay bullying. 6,000 fan join, including four candidates for Mayor of San Francisco, and the story makes national media coverage. Shortly thereafter, he Giants become the first sports team to create an "It Gets Better" video against gay bullying.

The Giants are going to do it! To thank the World Series champions for making an "It Gets Better" video, please sign this "Thank You Giants!" petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/thank-the-san-francisco-giants-for-making-an-it-gets-better-anti-homophobia-video

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// NOTABLE SIGNERS OF THIS PETITION (in chronological order of signing): Phil Ting (Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco), Sen. Leland Yee (Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco), Joanna Rees (Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco), David Chiu (President, Board of Supervisors, and Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco), Scott Wiener (San Francisco Board of Supervisors) // 

In the aftermath of Kobe Bryant and and Roger McDowell's homophobic slurs, legitimizing and encouraging millions of kids to harass gay and gay-perceived youth, it's time for a sports team to take a stand on behalf of equality. With American attitudes toward LGBT people evolving rapidly, and polls now showing a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, the San Francisco Giants could be the team that proactively and profoundly connects to the LGBT community, making a game-changing stand for acceptance and equality.

Professional sports is one of the few remaining pockets of strong homophobia in our country. Kobe Bryant's homophobic slur against a referee, captured on national television, is the tip of a very large iceberg. That's why the time is ripe for a sports team to make a game-changing stand for acceptance and equality and why I am calling on the San Francisco Giants and their players to produce a video for the It Gets Better Project.

Born in September 2010 when a string of LGBT teen suicides made national news, the It Gets Better project has provided the LGBT and straight ally community a means through YouTube to connect to LGBT youth considering suicide. The project has since taken off with the participation of ordinary people alongside celebrities, organizations and politicians, including President Obama, culminating in over 10,000 videos telling our youth that "it gets better."  Yet no professional sports team or active professional sports team players from the MLB, NBA or NFL have contributed to this project.

The San Francisco Giants are in an extraordinary position to lead the rest of the professional sporting world and possibly make the most impactful It Gets Better video yet, not just as the recent World Series champs but also as ambassadors of an iconic city revered for celebrating diversity and differences with open arms.  Should the team make a video to tell our LGBT youth that it does get better, the Giants may catalyze a watershed moment in professional sports.

Please join me and urge the San Francisco Giants organization and their players to join the It Gets Better Project and help give hope to kids across America.

-- Sean Chapin (Giants fan, San Francisco native, and videographer)

UPDATES:

April 25, 2011: The petition was featured on the It Gets Better Project facebook page:                            https://www.facebook.com/itgetsbetterproject/posts/125934260817426

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 6 signatures
    2. Eden James
      Petition Organizer

      Of course, there are gay baseball players. But, because of rampant homophobia in sports, they are afraid to come out. A documentary recently produced by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area provides a revealing look into the life of one gay ballplayer who played for the Oakland A's:

    3. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! San Francisco Board of Supervisors President & Mayoral Candidate David Chiu just signed the petition.

    4. Eden James
      Petition Organizer

      Very cool. San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener just signed the petition!

    5. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Tony Hall just issued a statement asking the Giants to make an "It Gets Better" video, "I think it would be a uniquely impactful gesture for the San Francisco Giants to speak out as an organization in opposition to discrimination of any kind, including in this case discrimination against the LGBT community. Our society would be a better place if we could each focus on the humanity that unites us, and a video from our World Series champions supporting LGBT youth would be a powerful contribution to that worthy goal..."

    6. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      SF Weekly writer Erin Sherbert wrote, "If any team has the fearlessness for it, it's the San Francisco Giants."

    7. Reached 5 signatures
    8. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      San Francisco Mayoral candidate Sen. Leland Yee just signed the petition!

    9. Reached 4 signatures
    10. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      San Francisco Mayoral candidate Phil Ting tweeted the petition! "RT @changeLGBT Tell the @SFGiants to be the first pro sports team to make an @ItGetsBetter video #sfgiants"

    11. Eden James
      Petition Organizer

      Sweet! The It Gets Better Project, who are very supportive of Sean's petition campaign, just retweeted Change.org's tweet! You can too:

      RT @changeLGBT Tell the @SFGiants to be first pro sports team to make an @ItGetsBetter video #sfgiants #lgbt

    12. Eden James
      Petition Organizer

      If you're on Twitter, please retweet this campaign!

      RT @changeLGBT Tell the @SFGiants to be first pro sports team to make an @ItGetsBetter video #sfgiants #lgbt

    13. Reached 3 signatures
    14. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Homophobia in sports is a global issue. A Brazilian athlete was inspired to come out after fans shouted hateful homophobic slurs at her.

    15. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Speaking of homophobia in sports, David Badash from the New Civil Rights Movement chimes in on a Twitter controversy that has erupted in the aftermath of a hockey player's video supporting marriage equality:

    16. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Cristalle Irons OAKLAND, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Thank you for doing this. I watched the video on you tube and think this will be an outstanding project.

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    • Lauren Hansen LARKSPUR, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      You truly are role models for the whole Bay Area.

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    • Robert Glavin SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      You are a team of equals--that's why you won. Please stand up for equality in a city that honors it. Thank you. I love the Giants!!

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    • Cady Barr SAN DIEGO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Allies are the key to change and making things better. I am not a SF Giants fan because my team is the Padres, but I would absolutely cheer for the Giants if the organization made a public message of support for LGBT youth. It takes courage to stand up as an ally and I hope the SF Giants can help lead other professional sports teams to do the same.

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    • Yinka Nolan OAKLAND, CA
      • almost 3 years ago
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