A few weeks ago I wrote that the Chicago Cubs were planning on filming an “It Gets Better” video. Just in time for Chicago Pride, the Major League Baseball team revealed their minute-long clip aimed at inspiring hope for young people who may be struggling and are victims of school bullying. They become the second professional sports team (after the San Francisco Giants) to participate in Dan Savage’s campaign which takes a stand against anti-gay bullying.
The Chicago ball team’s video features some of the organization’s key players on and off the field. Players appearing in the video are starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, outfielder Marlon Byrd and second baseman Darwin Barney. On the management level, club manager Mike Quade, first base coach Bob Dernier and Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts all lend their voices as well. Ricketts became the first openly LGBT owner of a pro sports team in 2009 when she became a part owner of the club.
Ricketts’ being a part of the Chicago Cubs organization has definitely influenced them to supporting the LGBT community more. Last year, the team participated in the city’s Pride Parade. Ricketts and Mr. Cub himself, Ernie Banks appeared on the float entry. In addition, the club hosts an annual “Pride Day” at Wrigley Field with proceeds going to Center on Halsted and AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Check out the team’s “It Gets Better” video below.