The San Francisco Giants will recieve the GLAAD Corporate Leader Award at next month’s ceremony. They will be the first professional sports franchise to receive a GLAAD Media Award.
“At a time when homophobia was still rife on the field and in the locker room, the San Francisco Giants was among the first to show its support of equality for LGBT people,” said GLAAD’s Aaron McQuade, who heads the organization’s sports work. “Now, we stand closer than ever before to a time when LGBT fans and even players are celebrated for being who they are — and that’s because of the paths forged by teams like the World Champion San Francisco Giants.”
In 1994, the San Francisco Giants became the first-ever professional sports team to host an HIV/AIDS benefit game, “Until There’s A Cure Day.” Since then, the Giants and the Giants Community Fund have generated more than $1.3 million for Bay Area HIV/AIDS education, care/service organizations and international HIV/AIDS research.
They were also one of the first teams to record an It Gets Better video for the Trevor Project. Pitcher Matt Cain was photographed for the NOH8 campaign last year. And in October, the Giants participated in GLAAD’s annual anti-bully Spirit Day.
“The San Francisco Giants have taken a leadership role when it comes to equality in sports,” said GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz. “By being so outspoken and supportive of the community, the team and its management have put the conversation around the lack of gay players in major league sports at the forefront of sports media around the country.”
The San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards will be held on May 11th at the Hilton on Union Square.