Chicago Cubs To Produce “It Gets Better” Video

Jim Burroway

June 3rd, 2011

How about this announcement?

The Chicago Cubs will produce an “It Gets Better” video, which takes a stand against anti-gay bullying and homophobia. The project has been in the works for more than a week and is set to be filmed after the team returns to Wrigley Field from its current 10-game road trip.

…”The Cubs applaud the Giants for their stand against anti-LGBT bullying. Bullying of anyone for any reason is unacceptable,” said Laura Ricketts, Cubs owner and board member. “We are proud to join the Giants in taking a stand against bullying and encourage other professional sports organizations to do the same.”

Wrigly Field is located just a few blocks away from Chicago’s Boys Town neighborhood, and has been a financial supporter of many LGBT organizations and charities in the Chicago area. In 2010, Laura Ricketts, an openly gay member of the Ricketts family who owns the Cubs, and retired shortstop and first baseman Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks rode on the team’s float in Chicago’s Pride Parade. The Cubs will host “OUT at Wrigly” on July 17 when the Cubs take on the Florida Marlins. Maybe the Marlins can have a video out by then.

Earlier this week, the San Francisco Giants released their video for “It Gets Better,” the anti-bullying campaign begun by Dan Savage and Terry Miller. A Boston Red Sox fan, twelve-year-old Sam Maden, has launched a campaign to get his favorite team to make a video as well.


June 3rd, 2011

I think back to when they first proposed having night games at Wrigley. One of the biggest concerns was “drunken Cubs fans” mistakenly wandering in to bars in Boystown after a game. If it did happen, it was a rarity. And it’s exactly two blocks from Wrigley to Halsted Street (the main drag of Boystown). Chicago is really a classy place.


June 3rd, 2011

I haven’t watched many of these videos, but isn’t the point of them to have gays who have made it encouraging gaylings? While I appreciate the support from straight professional athletes, this seems like it would be better if a gay professional athlete made the video.


June 4th, 2011

I think the point of these videos is to point out the world is not a huge cesspool of hate that their high school may seem like, that not everyone hates them, including straight people and people in fields that until recently have had the aura of super maco-ism and no one would have thought would be open to homosexuality. I admit I would have never thought the locker room of a professional sports team would be anything but hostile towards a gay person except for those random few who would just stay quiet.

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