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Seattle Mariners announce plans to record ‘It Gets Better’ video

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Seattle Mariners on Thursday became the fourth professional sports team to announce plans to join the “It Gets Better Project,” and record a video of encouragement for LGBT youth.

This decision comes after the World Series Champions San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports team to join the effort, filming and releasing a video in which several Giants players and coaches speak out against the bullying of gay youth.

Last week, Tacoma, Wash.-resident Eric Williams, 22, launched a petition at Change.org to encourage the Mariner’s participation with “It Gets Better.”

Williams, an openly gay Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq before his service contract ended June 3, said the message would have transformed his youth had he heard it as a 10-year-old growing up in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

The petition garnered more than 3,000 signatures by Thursday evening.

But Mariners spokesperson Rebecca Hale told USA Today that the increasingly popular Change.org petition was not the reason behind the team’s decision.

“We didn’t get convinced to do it because of a petition,” Hale says. “It was something that was on our radar since the Giants’ video.”

Hale says filming is in the planning stages.

Just last week, the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox announced they had “It Gets Better” videos in the works.

The “It Gets Better Project,” launched by Seattle-based activist and author Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller, has since compiled more than 10,000 online videos to provide support and encouragement to LGBT teens struggling with bullying and adversity.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. Ad boy does it. Chris Colfer was my first, “It Gets Better,” video. I love them

    Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 10:27pm
  2. I don’t follow baseball, but all of a sudden it seems like the Mariners would be a good team to follow (along with a few sudden other teams). Hmm..

    Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 10:58pm
  3. Seattle has always been progressive. Thumbs way up!

    Posted on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 1:15am
  4. The world of sports is finally opening up to sexual differences. Kudos to Mariners who join the club of acceptance and moreover, common sense.

    Posted on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10:02am