Part of Outsports’ series on our 100 most important moments in gay sports history.
Baseball, 2011: The "It Gets Better" project started last September as a response to a spate of suicides by gay and lesbian young people. Since then, more than 10,ooo videos have been produced and viewed a collective 35 million times.
Sports got into the act on June 1, when the San Francisco Giants released a video with players Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Sergio Romo and Andres Torres, and also Giants hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Muelens.
The video has been watched 137,000 times and prompted other baseball teams to join in. Since then, there have been videos made by the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and commitments to make videos by the Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals. My bet is that these videos will spread to other pro sports league.
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