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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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Braves coach Roger McDowell to talk publicly about anti-gay incident

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell is expected to speak out today about the recent incident where he allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs at San Francisco Giants fans and threatened a father.

A press conference was slated for 2 p.m. today at Turner Stadium. McDowell returns to the team today as the Braves take on the Philadelphia Phillies after a two-week suspension from Major League Baseball. McDowell was suspended after he was accused of shouting, “Are you a homo couple or a threesome?” at Giants fans on April 23. McDowell also allegedly used a baseball bat to simulate a sex act.

When a father, Justin Quinn, asked McDowell to watch his language in front of children, McDowell allegedly patted a baseball bat in his palm and asked, “How much are your teeth worth?”

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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.

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Prop 8 ruling expected Wednesday

A San Francisco federal judge is expected to rule Wednesday on the long-awaited Proposition 8 trial that will determine if gay marriage is legal in California. Atlanta LGBT groups plan to gather in Midtown to either celebrate or protest the decision.

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Atlanta Eagle raid makes impact on S.F. Folsom Street Fair

Folsom Street Fair

The Sept. 10, 2009, police raid on the gay bar the Atlanta Eagle is making an impact across the country in San Francisco as the city’s Folsom Street Fair is paying tribute to the raid as well as a police raid on a Texas gay bar with its 2010 poster.

The fetish fair’s poster, set for Sept. 26, depicts a police lineup of colorful characters wearing a variety of bondage and leather gear.