Press Release – SF City Hall resolution 1/30/12

 

MEDIA ALERT

 
Press Advisory
 
Contact: Stephanie Tucker Office of Supervisor Olague, 415-554-6758

Fawn Yacker, The Last Closet, 415- 334-1200

Erik Olvera, National Center for Lesbian Rights, 415-365-1324

 

San Francisco Supervisors Olague & Campos to Announce the Introduction of a groundbreaking resolution, and kick off  “The Last Closet” national campaign.

What: The Last Closet Campaign Press Conference

When: October 30, 2012 11:30 AM

Where: On the Steps Of City Hall – 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlet Place (POLK ST SIDE)

Who: Supervisors Olague & Campos, The Last Closet Team: Fawn Yacker – Project Director, Jennifer Kelley – Project Co-Director,  Cyd Zeigler – Project Co-Producer and Helen Carroll – Director of NCLR’s Sports Project

As our City shines with team spirit and in light of our beloved SF Giant’s amazing World Series victory, the LGBTQ community and the City Hall Family would like to alert you to a San Francisco sports first.

Please join LGBTQ members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s Christina Olague and David Campos, The Last Closet Campaign and the National Coalition of Lesbian Rights (NCLR) for a Press Conference to mark the launch of a national campaign that paves the way for the first professional athlete in US sports history to come out publicly while actively playing.

Supervisors Olague and Campos will introduce a groundbreaking resolution encouraging the Commissioners of the five major sports – Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer – to state, on camera, that they support their gay players and invite them to come out. In addition, ask them to promise attention to the safety of these players once they do come out.

This resolution can potentially be the model for cities and counties across the nation, helping to open the closet doors of professional sports. Our youth need gay sports heroes. Bias based harassment is complicit in the disturbing statistics related to LGBT youth taking their own lives. It is fitting that San Francisco take the lead on this important issue.

The Last Closet is a grassroots movement and campaign to end the prevailing silence around homophobia in pro sports and to encourage professional athletes, commissioners, team owners and other members of the sports world to consent to in-depth interviews about this subject. These interviews reveal what the current climate would be for a publicly out pro athlete (and what kind of support systems could/should be put in place). The goal of The Last Closet is to establish the connection between positive gay role models and the reduction of gay youth suicide and bullying incidents.  Visit The Last Closet at: www.thelastcloset.org