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San Francisco Giants players say ‘It Gets Better’ for LGBT youth

The San Francisco Giants record a video for the 'It Gets Better' project

Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants have put together the first video from a professional sports team for the “It Gets Better” project. Released today, the video features the team's Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Sergio Romo and Andres Torres acknowledging the struggle many LGBT youth face because of their sexuality.

The video went up earlier this afternoon, but already has several hundred views and dozens of comments.

“It Gets Better” aims to offer hope to LGBT youth who often feel isolated and alone in coming to terms with their sexuality. Formed by radio personality and author Dan Savage, the project has compiled thousands of videos featuring celebrities, politicians and every day people who understand the personal struggle in the wake of a series of high-profile LGBT youth suicides.

The Giants' video will encourage Sam Maden, a 12-year-old Boston Red Sox fan who is asking people to sign a petition to encourage his team to also make an "It Gets Better" video for the campaign.

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McDowell controversy reminiscent of past Atlanta Braves anti-gay fouls

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz once compared homosexuality to beastialityThe news of Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell being put on administrative leave over alleged anti-gay slurs hurled at San Francisco Giants fans last weekend is just one of several incidents the team has had to answer for with LGBT fans.

McDowell was put on administrative leave today after allegedly shouting at several San Francisco Giants fans, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" and then imitating a sex act with a baseball bat. The coach also allegedly threatened the father of twin daughters who said he witnessed the incident and asked the coach to watch his language in front of children.

In 1999, former Braves relief pitcher John Rocker was quoted in a 1999 Sports Illustrated profile of him saying why he would never play in New York.