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Los Angeles Dodgers to host first LGBT night

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host their first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender night on Sept. 27.

The team said on Sept. 14 that LGBT Night Out will feature a celebrity first pitch, the national anthem performed by a special guest with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and fireworks at Dodger Stadium for the game against Colorado.

Other major league teams have hosted similar events.

The Dodgers are partnering with Tom Whitman of Flip Events for the event. He said the Dodgers “have been standing on the right side of history from the days of Jackie Robinson through today.”

Every season, the Dodgers honor various groups with special recognition and festivities.

A number of other baseball organizations host LGBT nights or game days, some as official sponsors and others as not. Two of the largest are for the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs.

SF celebrating Giants’ victory with campaign against homophobia

As they celebrate the Giants’ World Series win, San Francisco supervisors on Oct. 30 were set to offer a resolution endorsing a national campaign against homophobia in sports.

At a press conference at city hall, city and county officials were expected to endorse The Last Closet, a campaign focused on encouraging athletes to come out in pro sports – and encouraging the leagues to support them.

The press conference was set for late morning in California, with former NFL player David Kopay expected to speak, as well as representatives with the Last Closet and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

The city and county officials are expected to encourage commissioners of Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer to state “on camera” that they will support gay players.

The Giants were the first team to make a video for the It Gets Better campaign and have a history of supporting their LGBT fans and opposing discrimination against LGBT people.

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San Francisco 49ers make It Gets Better anti-bullying video

The San Francisco 49ers have become the first team in the NFL to join the It Gets Better Project and make a video reaching out to LGBT youth.

The 16,000 signers of a Change.org petition started by football fan Sean Chapin called the team on to make the video.

“The 49ers are shining a golden beacon of hope to LGBT youth, and as a gay man, I enthusiastically applaud their courage and leadership,” said Chapin.

Last year, Chapin successfully petitioned the San Francisco Giants to make an It Gets Better video. The Giants became the first Major League Baseball team to release a video for the campaign launched in the wake of a series of gay-related suicides.

Chapin said, “This is a proud day for San Francisco, as two of our professional teams have taken a bold stand against bullying. Let’s hope this is only the beginning, and that more NFL and professional sports teams around the country take this opportunity to speak up on behalf of LGBT fans and kids.”

The video features 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who said, “The San Francisco 49ers are proud to join ItGetsBetter.org to let all LGBT teens know that it gets better. On behalf of the entire 49ers organization, we are on your side, and we promise it gets better.”



Other 49ers in the video include defensive tackles Ricky Jean Francois and Isaac Sopoaga and linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

On the Web: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/#z4glWjcbAbY

Super Bowl teams’ off-field fairness campaigns

Associates of both New York Giants and the New England Patriots, facing off in the Super Bowl,  see LGBT equality as a winning issue off the field.

Giants owner Steve Tisch recorded a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s marriage equality push in 2011. “I am proud to join the chorus of professionals in sports working for fairness both on and off the field,” he said in the video, released as New Yorkers were debating the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, now a Fox Sports commentator, also recorded a marriage equality video. He said he played the game tough but fair, and it’s unfair to stop committed couples from marrying.

Across the line, New England safety Bret Lockett posed for the NOH8 campaign protesting California’s anti-gay Proposition 8.

Also, the Patriots are the first team to send a representative to the Gay Bowl, the championship game for the National Gay Football League.

And throughout the NFL, an anti-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation applies.

Language in the collective bargaining agreement approved last year states: “Section 1. No Discrimination: There will be no discrimination in any form against any player by the Management Council, any Club or by the NFLPA [NFL Players Association] because of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or activity or lack of activity on behalf of the NFLPA.”

Sexual orientation was not included in the 2006 collective bargaining agreement.

At the time the provision was added, players association spokesman George Atallah said, “We certainly believe, speaking for the players association, that we have a tremendous social and cultural impact. We definitely understand the effect that we have on society and culture, and we feel we have a responsibility to have very high standards. With something like discrimination of any kind, we just want to make sure we are a symbol for good.”

San Francisco Giants release It Gets Better video

The San Francisco Giants have become the first professional sports team to produce an It Gets Better video.

The video campaign is designed to prevent suicides among LGBT youth who are victims of bullying and harassment. More than 10,000 videos have been produced since syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller launched the project in September 2010. A number of major corporations, celebrities and political leaders, including President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have participated in the project.

The Giants video features current players Matt Cain, Sergio Romo, Andres Torres and Barry Zito (pictured), as well as hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens.

The Giants’ decision to produce a video came in response to an online petition campaign generated by change.org and signed by more than 6,500 people.

Giants fan Sean Chapin started the petition after Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell accosted Giants fans at AT&T Park, asking the men if they were “homos.” He then took a baseball bat and simulated gay sex in front of the men and their young daughters.

McDowell was suspended, fined and required to take sensitivity training.

“I am ecstatic to see the San Francisco Giants reach out to LGBT youth and confront homophobia,” Chapin wrote in an e-mail to change.org.  “I couldn’t be more proud of my home team. I hope that the Giants’ exceptional contribution to the It Gets Better Project inspires other sports teams and players to join this important cause. GO GIANTS!”

In 1994, the Giants became the first team in Major League Baseball to dedicate a game every year to “Until There’s A Cure” Day, which raised money for HIV/AIDS research.

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Giants to create ‘It Gets Better’ video

The San Francisco Giants are to become the first major sports team to make an “It Gets Better” video, reported SF Weekly.

 

The video campaign, created by syndicated columnist Dan Savage, is designed to encourage LGBT youth who are victims of bullying and harassment. A number of celebrities and political leaders, including President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have participated in the project.

 

The Giants’ decision came in response to an online petition campaign generated by change.org, according to Staci Slaughter, spokeswoman for the Giant. More than 6,500 people have signed it so far.

 

Slaughter told SF Weekly that the team was already considering doing an “It Gets Better” video even before the online petition.

 

Sean Chapin, a Giants fan, started the petition after Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell accosted Giants fans last month at ATT&T Park, asking the men if they were “homos.” He then took a baseball bat and simulated gay sex in front of the men and their young daughters.

 

McDowell as suspended, fined and forced to take sensitivity training.

 

“Professional sports is one of the few remaining pockets of strong homophobia in our country,” the petition states. “That’s why I am calling on the San Francisco Giants and their players to produce a video for the ‘It Gets Better Project.’  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.”

 

The Giants host an LGBT night every year. Giant’s relief pitcher Brian Wilson’s famous beard (pictured) has made him something of an icon to the gay bear subculture.

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