Petitions call for Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers to film ‘It Gets Better’ videos

Sam Maden, 12, is petitioning the Boston Red Sox to film an “It Gets Better” video.

The San Francisco Giants have become the first professional sports team to release an “It Gets Better” video. Watch it below. The Giants’ “It Gets Better” video was filmed partly in response to a petition from activist Sean Chapin that gathered more than 6,000 signatures.

Not surprisingly, Chapin’s petition is inspiring others, including 12-year-old Sam Maden, who’s petitioning the Boston Red Sox to make an “It Gets Better” video.

A quick search of Change.org today reveals that Maden’s “It Gets Better” petition is one of dozens launched in recent days and directed at pro sports teams, including both the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys.

“You guys are real heros to many people here in Texas and have a voice,” Sam Medal of Plano writes in a petition letter to the Rangers CEO, which would be Nolan Ryan. “Please use that voice to let lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth kids know that suicide is not an option, that over time ‘It Gets Better.’”

Thus far, only 124 people have signed Medal’s Rangers petition, but that’s much more than the 14 who’ve signed a petition directed to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and launched by Gabriel Gorre of Smithtown, N.Y.

We couldn’t find any petitions for the Stars or Mavericks, which is a little surprising given that the Mavs are currently in the NBA Finals and, based on owner Mark Cuban’s views, might be the local sports franchise that’s most likely to actually film an “It Gets Better” video.

If the Mavs go down 2-0 to the Heat on Thursday, they should probably film one as soon as they get back to Dallas just to remind themselves that “It Gets Better.”

Seriously, though, could someone please start a Mavs petition?

—  John Wright

DV Publisher Robert Moore settles his World Series gambling debt, won’t lose any fingers

On Page 12 of this week’s Bay Area Reporter we found the above photo of our own publisher, Robert Moore, holding a giant check for $1,000 and wearing a San Francisco Giants T-Shirt. Alas, Moore made good on his World Series bet with BAR Publisher Thomas E. Horn, donning the winning team’s apparel and sending $1,000 to the Gay Straight Alliance Network, a San Francisco-based organization that empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

Robert did get something out of it, though, as Horn proved gracious in victory and sent over a Rangers T-shirt and cap that arrived today, shown below. Unfortunately, as you can see, the shirt is about three sizes too big for Robert. Sometimes you just can’t win for losing.

—  John Wright