The Tampa Bay Rays are the latest MLB
team to join the It
Gets Better Project.
Gay activist, sex advice columnist and
Santorum agitator Dan Savage founded the It Gets Better Project
to reach out to troubled LGBT teens who may be considering suicide
because they feel alone or are being bullied or harassed at school.
The videos offer a simple message: Hang in there because life gets
The Rays will record their video before
the August 23 Rays-Tigers game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Manager Joe Maddon and players Johnny Damon, Sam Fuld, B.J.
Upton and Sean Rodriguez will star in the video, the
St. Petersburg Times reported.
Brian Longstreth, who owns Gay
St. Pete House, a six bedroom guesthouse in the city, and Chris
Rudisill, the director of St. Pete Pride, approached Damon and Fuld
with the idea last month.
“Kids look up to these players.
These are role models,” Rudisill said. “When they say you really
shouldn't bully people, kids listen.”
In June, the San Francisco Giants
became the first MLB team to record a video for the campaign. Teams
that have followed suit include the Baltimore Orioles, the Seattle
Mariners, the Boston Red Sox, and the Chicago Cubs.