Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays join the It Gets Better Project

The Phillies and Rays are the latest sports teams to join the Project and give hope to struggling LGBT youth.

Last Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Rays hosted a community taping at Tropicana Field where fans could participate in the video.  The Phillies premiered their video last Friday night at their LGBT community night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies' video includes former AL Cy Young pitcher and ten-time All Star Roy Halladay, five-time All-Star second baseman Chase Utley, two-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence, outfielder John Mayberry Jr., and pitcher Mike Stutes.

The Rays' video features two-time All Star outfielder Johnny Damon, outfielders BJ Upton and Sam Fuld, second baseman Sean Rodriguez and manager Joe Maddon.  In the video Damon shares a story about how he was consistently bullied when he was younger for stuttering but was able to overcome it.

Check them out then share them with any Phillies or Rays fans you know:

The videos are just the latest in a series of professional sports teams who are stepping up to the plate to give hope to LGBT youth.  A few weeks earlier the Seattle Mariners brought together Seattle professional athletes in soccer and football.  The Mariners joined the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants who have all lent their support to the Project. 

A few other sports teams and athletes are also planning on joining and we welcome their additions so LGBT sports fans everywhere know their team and players have their back too.

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Take the It Gets Better Project Pledge:

Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I'll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I'll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that "It Gets Better."