With so many disappointments in our fight for equality, it’s always a nice change to be able to talk about something positive.
The Boston Red Sox have officially become the third professional sports team to release an “It Gets Better” video following The San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners.
There are currently countless petitions on change.org aimed at getting other teams to record their own videos for the campaign. One such petition is for one of my personal favorites, the New England Patriots. It can be signed here.
Another surprise I had today was seeing the “It Gets Better” video released by 13 US Senators recently.
After watching it, I’m kind of conflicted. On one hand, it’s a great campaign and I think it’s wonderful that these politicians, people who are in charge of making decisions about our equality, have come out with such an inspirational message. On the other hand, you have these Senators telling our youth not to be ashamed of whom they are while voting against bills that give us equal rights. It seems a little hypocritical to me. I applaud their intention, but if we, as a community, are expected to believe this message, it’s going to take more of an effort on their part than just a five minute video clip. As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. It’s time for our government to step it up a notch.
The Obama administration has done more for the LGBT community than any of its predecessors, but there is still a long way to go. One day, everyone will be treated equally, regardless of age, sex, race, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity and we’ll finally see the freedom that this country was founded on. We the people…means everyone.