The Orioles today announced that they have released an 80-second anti-bullying video public service announcement (PSA) in support of the It Gets Better Project and the Trevor Project. Produced by Orioles Productions, the video features pitchers Jake Arrieta, Jason Berken, Zach Britton, Kevin Gregg and Mike Gonzalez delivering encouraging messages to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who are being bullied. The Orioles’ message can be viewed at www.itgetsbetter.org/orioles and www.orioles.com/itgetsbetter .
“The Orioles are proud to support the It Gets Better Project and the Trevor Project,” said Director of Communications Greg Bader. “Bullying of any kind, for any reason, is unacceptable to our organization, and we are pleased to have our players speak out against this behavior in the hope it will provide encouragement to LGBT youth, and all children, who are facing hatred and prejudice.”
Over 20,000 videos, including those from several other MLB teams, have been posted at www.itgetsbetter.org since the project was launched in September 2010 after a rise in the number of teenagers who committed suicide or were victims of anti-gay harassment and bullying.