Cubs to make ‘It Gets Better’ video

Associated Press

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have agreed to make a video for an anti-suicide campaign geared toward gay youth.

The Cubs announced Friday that they’ll make a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign when they return from their current 10-game road trip.

The Cubs are the second professional sports team to participate in the campaign. The San Francisco Giants released a video this week.

Seattle writer Dan Savage launched the “It Gets Better” project last year amid several highly publicized suicides by gay teenagers. It provides messages of hope to counter the despair of bullied or rejected teens.

Cubs owner Laura Ricketts is urging other professional sports organizations to make their own videos.

Ricketts and “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks headlined the team’s float at last year’s Chicago Gay Pride Parade.

—  John Wright