The Chicago Cubs may be perennial losers in the National League pennant race, but they stand to be winners with gay fans as the second pro sports team to record a video for the It Gets Better Project.
The video has been planned for over a week and will be shot when the baseball team returns to Chicago from its current road trip, which goes through June 12, Windy City Times reports.
The Cubs follow the San Francisco Giants, who this week became the first professional sports franchise to release a video for the campaign, started by columnist Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller, last year to fight antigay bullying directed at young people and remind them that life can improve.
“The Cubs applaud the Giants for their stand against anti-LGBT bullying,” said Laura Ricketts, the lesbian co-owner of the Cubs, according to the Times. “Bullying of anyone for any reason is unacceptable. We are proud to join the Giants in taking a stand against bullying and encourage other professional sports organizations to do the same.”
The Cubs franchise has a record of pro-gay actions. Ricketts and retired Cubs star Ernie Banks appeared on a float in last year’s Chicago gay pride parade, and the organization has contributed to several gay groups and hosted an annual Pride Day at the Cubs’ home park, Wrigley Field.
A young Boston Red Sox fan is petitioning his team to make a video for It Gets Better; there is no word yet on the team’s intentions.