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Giants become first pro-sports team to release It Gets Better video

The San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports franchise in the country to release a video addressing bullying and violence against gay and lesbian youth Wednesday.

The team announced two weeks ago that they would record and release their own rendition of the “It Gets Better” nationwide anti-bullying initiative that was launched in response to several suicides of GLBTQ youth who were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

In the 58-second video, San Francisco Giants players Barry Zito, Andres Torres, Matt Cain, Hensley Meulens and Sergio Romo deliver the anti-bullying message on behalf of the team.

“We speak for the entire Giants organization when we say that there is no place for hatred and bullying against anyone in society,” Zito says.

The video was produced after a lifelong Giants fan, Sean Chapin, launched an online petition at change.org to urge the team to create a video that addressed hate and bullying directed towards the GLBTQ community.

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