5 LGBT things you need to know about today, March 3

1. Oscar looked just a wee bit more fabulous than usual last night. From lesbian icon Ellen DeGeneres leading the festivities, to a “Wizard of Oz” tribute featuring a Liza Minnelli sighting and gay fave Pink si...
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Chicago Cubs join ‘It Gets Better’ effort for LGBT youth

Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade

The Chicago Cubs became the latest Major League Baseball team to launch a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign. The video, released today, features the team's manager Mike Quade, first base coach Bob Drenier, pitcher Ryan Dempster, outfielder Marlon Byrd and others.

The Cubs join the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants in releasing a video for the national anti-bullying campaign, which began in the wake of several suicides of gay young people. The Seattle Mariners have also confirmed it will release its own video.

See the video below:

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Boston Red Sox make 'It Gets Better' video

‘Lady Gaga is an active promoter of the LGTB community; a community we foster. As previously underscored by [Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton, gay and human rights are one and the same. I am proud that an Italian-American artist is coming to Rome. We look to the event with interest.”

David Thorne, U.S. Ambassador to Rome, on news that Lady Gaga will perform June 11 at EuroPride, the continent’s largest LGBT pride event. (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, June 6)

“Some people say you fight fire with fire: no, you fight fire with water, not with fire. We will put out the blind hatreds of sectarianism not with sectarianism of our own but with love and with solidarity.”

— American-Syrian freedom activist Amina Araf, who wrote the blog ‘A Gay Girl in Damascus’ under the name Amina Abdallah, in a post on Sunday, June 5. On Monday, someone claiming to be Araf’s cousin wrote on the blog that she had been kidnapped by armed men in the Syrian capital. (MSNBC, June 7)