After more than one-fourth of MLB teams went to bat for the LGBTQ community this summer, one diehard sports fan thinks the time’s ripe for footballers to take their pass at supporting gay rights.
On Change.org, San Francisco native Sean Chapin has petitioned the SF 49ers to kick off a NFL movement that would see football franchises across the country support the gay community via “It Gets Better” videos. In his open letter to the Bay Area footballers, Chapin asked the 49ers to make a video assuring gay youth that “their lives will get much better as they get through their high school years.” A spokesperson for the team recently told the media that if the franchise formally receives a request to make a solidarity video, they would likely do so.
Chapin’s the same young activist who petitioned the SF Giants this summer to make the first “It Gets Better” video among MLB sports teams. After the Giants taped their spot, heavy hitters like The Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners and more came to the plate in support of gay youth.
With the sports world and the LGBTQ world becoming more intertwined than ever before, do you think it’s about time the NFL joins “It Gets Better” in a major way? Or should the 49ers stay away. Let us know!
Watch Sean Chapin's Petition
Sean Chapin petitions the SF 49ers to support 'It Gets Better.'
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Sign Sean Chapin's petition on Change.org