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SEATTLE -- A new video for the "It Gets Better" campaign was released this week and it includes members from four major league sports teams in the Seattle area: The Seahawks of the NFL; the MLB Mariners; the WNBA Storm; and the Sounders, the 15th major league soccer (MLS) team in the nation.
Watch the video HERE.
“We are hearing about too many LGBT teens who feel hopeless and alone,” said Storm center/forward Lauren Jackson in the video.
The video was created after over 3,000 people signed Eric Williams' petition at change.org, challenging the Seattle Mariners to join the campaign. He also posted petitions for the other teams.
An Iraq war veteran who is now living as an openly gay man after completing his U.S. Army contract, Williams lives in Washington and grew up watching the Mariners and considers himself a lifelong fan.
“I think this video is an awesome accomplishment,” he said. “It shows the city of Seattle that we're the first city to have all our sports come out in favor of equality -- this just solidifies the reason I live in Washington State.”
The athletes who participated in the video are: Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams; Mariner's relief pitcher Brandon League and infielder Brendan Ryan; Storm center/forward Lauren Jackson and forward Swin Cash; and Sounders forwards Mike Fucito and Roger Levesque,
It is the first time a member of the National Football League (NFL) has participated in the making of an "It Gets Better" video.
Recently, the Phillies, the Twins, the Nationals and the Tampa Bay Rays, all of the MLB, have also announced that they have plans to produce a video.
About It Gets Better
More than 20,000 “It Gets Better” videos have been produced since syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller launched the project in in Seattle in September 2010 in response to an epidemic of teen suicides by gay kids and kids perceived to be gay.
Through “It Gets Better” videos, President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton, and corporations like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Pixar and other major organizations and leaders have provided hope to kids struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity.
To see other videos, click HERE.