San Francisco Giants join drive against bullying of gays

Tue May 17, 2011 6:30pm EDT
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants have become the first professional sports team to join the "It Gets Better" campaign against bullying of gay youths, the online activist group said on Tuesday.

The Giants, who play in a city with a large gay population, joined the campaign after 6,000 people signed a petition asking for the Major League Baseball team to produce an "It Gets Better" video, according to

Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter confirmed the team will produce a video for the campaign before it hosts an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender night on August 29.

The team has not determined which players, if any, will appear in the video, Slaughter said.

Last week, New York Rangers hockey forward Sean Avery became one of only a few active U.S. athletes to express support for gay rights, when he spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage.

And U.K. rugby star Ben Cohen has started the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which tries to raise awareness of bullying and homophobia.

In recent weeks, other pro sports figures have made headlines with anti-gay comments.

In April, a Giants fan accused Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell of making an anti-gay slur against him during a game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

As a result, McDowell was suspended for two weeks by Major League Baseball.   Continued...