Three Boston Red Sox – first baseman Kevin Youkilis, catcher Jason Varitek, manager Terry Francona – are featured in an It Gets Better video that reaches out to troubled gay teens.

In the 60-second video, a young female fan says: “I am a member of the GLBT community. And I have experienced bullying myself. It makes you feel like even more of an outsider.”

“Doesn't matter your sexual orientation, your beliefs in life,” Youkilis says, “It's OK to be your own unique being,” Varitek continues, “You can talk to people,” the female fan says, “Whether it's teachers, counselors, friends,” Francona adds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The It Gets Better Project begun by gay activist Dan Savage has received enormous support from Hollywood, the business community and leading Democrats, including President Barack Obama. The campaign encourages troubled gay teens to not cave in to bullies, because life eventually gets better.

The team was encouraged to produce the video by Sam Maden, who started an online petition drive asking the Red Sox to join the campaign. Maden said he started the petition drive in honor of his late uncle Chris Nutile, who was gay.

“The Red Sox are my favorite team, and when I saw the Giants were doing it, I really wanted to get them to do it too,” Maden told The Boston Globe. “I see kids who are bullies, I see them everyday. I do what I can to get them to stop, and I thought this might make it better.”

“Bullying is something that has touched many of our lives either personally or through someone we love,” said Red Sox senior vice president of public affairs/marketing Susan Goodenow. “We are proud of dedicated Red Sox fans like 12-year-old Sam Maden who took the courageous step recently to publicly stand up against bullying of LGBT youth, and we are honored to join Sam and others throughout Red Sox Nation in support of the It Gets Better Project.”

Three additional MLB teams, the Chicago Cubs, the Seattle Mariners and the San Francisco Giants, have joined the campaign, though the Mariners have yet to release their video.