The first professional sports team to join the “It Gets Better” campaign against the bullying of gay youths is the San Francisco Giants. The team joined the important movement as a response to a plea made by a petition signed by 6,000 people. According to Change.org, the request was for the team to produce a video that would promote the cause.
A Giants spokesperson has confirmed that the team will happily do this, but as of this writing there has been no mention as to which players will participate. The “It Gets Better” movement was born last year, created by syndicated columnist, Dan Savage, on the wings of too many suicides by teenagers who suffered from and were unable to cope with cruel and relentless bullying over their sexuality.
Currently, none of the players of the four major professional US sports which include: The National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, are openly gay. This did not stop Sean Avery, New York Rangers hockey forward, from speaking out about the importance of support for the rights of gays to live the life they seek. He spoke out loudly in favor of same-sex marriage.
The true test of courage is to say what you think at the top of your voice.
The pursuit of happiness is a tenet of our American Constitution. That applies to everyone and not just those who feel they deserve it.
And everyone includes those who some may call different and whom others may simply call… friend.