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Where Are The Milwaukee Brewers In “It Gets Better” Campaign To Stop Gay Bullying And Teen Suicides?

August 29, 2011

Everyone is reading about the Milwaukee Brewers and the chase for the pennant.  What is happening at the ballpark has many clapping and hoping for more success. But how about turning the attention the Brewers are now experiencing into something that positively impacts society?

The It Gets Better project was started in response to the startling number of teen suicides and bullying in the gay community.  Many sports figures have made the pitch for reducing bigotry and senseless violence against GLBT teens.  Recently the The Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays have released videos for the “It Gets Better” project.

Far too often gay teens hear anti-gay slurs such as “homo”, “faggot” and “sissy” about 26 times a day or once every 14 minutes.  Even more troubling, a study found that thirty-one percent of gay youth had been threatened or injured at school in the last year alone! 

Gay and lesbian teens are at high risk because ‘their distress is a direct result of the hatred and prejudice that surround them,’ not because of their inherently gay or lesbian identity orientation.  Gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. 

Gay teens in U.S. schools are often subjected to such intense bullying that they’re unable to receive an adequate education. They’re often embarrassed or ashamed of being targeted and may not report the abuse.  GLBT students are more apt to skip school due to the fear, threats, and property vandalism directed at them.  One survey revealed that 22 percent of gay respondents had skipped school in the past month because they felt unsafe there.  Twenty-eight percent of gay students will drop out of school. This is more thanthree times the national average for heterosexual students. GLBT youth feel they have nowhere to turn. According to several surveys, four out of five gay and lesbian students say they don’t know one supportive adult at school.

The reason for such a project is easy to understand. 

It is now time for the Milwaukee Brewers to add their clout to this anti-gay cause.  So many other teams including the famed Chicago Cubs, Yankees, and Giants have all added their names to the campaign.

Where are the Milwaukee Brewers?

3 Comments
  1. Marv & Bev permalink
    August 30, 2011 7:15 AM

    I’d read an article somewhere regarding the same thing about a month ago and the reason is because no one on the team is gay or bi or out enough at this point to admit it. If they were to have someone do it, it would be someone that no one would know that is behind the scenes. The point of the whole campaign is to have famous people do the ads.

  2. Dave Senft permalink
    August 29, 2011 3:46 PM

    The Milwaukee Brewers are a class act when it comes to community relations. I know first hand. When the bus crash devestated our family and community in 2006, Ponderosa Pines held a benefit to help victims’ families with some of the expenses. I wondered, like you, whether the Brewers could in some way show their support. I called, hoping to score a few autographs and maybe a pair of tickets. How they responded was beyond my imagination! They donated a luxury suite for a Saturday game which was raffled off to raise over $2500!

    That brings me to my suggestion to you: ASK! Maybe the other teams have done Public Service announcements because they were approached. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Another approach might be to support the Brewers AND “It Gets Better at the same time. Sponsor a bus trip to Miller Park. Bring banners supporting the Brewers and your cause. Nothing beats cheap national exposure!

    The third suggestion is one I will be using for my own personal cause: Volunteer! The Brewers offer non-Profit organizations the opportunity to work at their vending booths to raise money for their cause. It’s a great way to get the word out and keep the organization afloat.

  3. Annie K. permalink
    August 29, 2011 3:21 PM

    yeah. good point and all but I always wonder what the “ratio” of family to more “public” kinds of stress is. My own experience says it (a sense of worthlessness and hopelessness that leads to suicide) really comes from the families. Every gay person I’ve ever known who has stressed out re: their own selves , well it’s not been coming from the public spheres of their lives. The people who drive you to the brink are (from what I’ve seen) always family. What they do/how they think gets right to the core of a person and that’s the real deal IMO.
    I am not negating any experience of any kid who has been bullied at school etc. I’m not saying THAT doesn’t happen. What I am saying is that it seems there is focus on failure OUTSIDE the family. I assume that’s because it’s easier to get people to rally around some unseen nebulous enemy or danger in the public arena. No one wants to talk about the Ugly at Home.But I say there is massive amounts of real failure within families.
    My college friend got close to suicide due to his family, my cousins have stressed out because of the family. My nephew felt so hurt and is still struggling with massive betrayal/rejection from his parent. all the damage I see is not from school but from within the family. And you CAN NOT talk sense to these people They have a holy sense of rightness. That old Hotline to God. Plus for whatever damn stupid reason they are defending their own egos. “This complete failure of a disgusting kid is not my fault”. etc.
    There are too many gay-hating elements to modern religions and in politics that support complete emotional abuse of people’s own children. THere should be incredible shame attached to that kind of bheavior but no, there is a feeling of superiority and righteousness.
    IMO it’s fine to look at schools but if you really wanna see ugly, look in families. I say attaching onto some shadowy classic bully figure is too easy, like that shadowy Muslim out there waiting to get us all. Okay so it’s a starting point. BUT…
    I’ll be ask when will the Brewers stop play to look up into the stands and say “Hey parents! Hey Grampa! Look at yourself!”

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