Cubs Deliver “It Gets Better” Message

The video features Cubs players Marlon Byrd, Darwin Barney, and Ryan Dempster, manager Mike Quade, coach Bob Dernier, and co-owner Laura Ricketts.

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 20 2011 6:35 PM ET

The Chicago Cubs baseball team has posted its video for the It Gets Better Project, becoming the second Major League Baseball franchise and second pro sports team overall to participate.

The video, part of a campaign to prevent suicide among LGBT teens and fight antigay bullying, features Cubs players Marlon Byrd, Darwin Barney, and Ryan Dempster, manager Mike Quade, coach Bob Dernier, and co-owner Laura Ricketts.

“The Chicago Cubs organization celebrates you for exactly who you are, gay or straight,” says Quade. Ricketts, who is a lesbian, says, “We know it can get really tough. I’ve been there.”

The video ends by encouraging struggling youths to go to the It Gets Better website or call the Trevor Project’s suicide prevention hotline.

The San Francisco Giants were the first MLB team to make an It Gets Better video. The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners have videos in the works for the campaign, started last year by journalist-activist Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller.

Watch the Cubs’ video here.

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