• Petitioned Bob Langert

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Social Responsibility, McDonald's
Bob Langert
Chief Executive Officer, McDonald's
Jim Skinner
Global Chief Diversity Officer, McDonald's
Patricia Harris
Manager - Global Media Relations, McDonald's
Becca Hary
McDonald's Gay, Lesbian, and Ally Network
Jesse Pamperin
Supervisor - Global Media Relations, McDonald's
Lizzie Roscoe
McDonald's Gay, Lesbian, and Ally Network
Cathy Martin and Richard Ellis
Administrative Coordinator - Global Media Relations, McDonald's
Theresa Riley
Director - U.S. Communications, McDonald's
Danya Proud
Senior Director - Global Media Relations, McDonald's
Heidi Barker
Senior Director - Global Media Relations, McDonald's
Lisa Howard
Supervisor - U.S. Communications, McDonald's
Ashlee Yingling
Senior Manager - Global Media Relations
Lisa McComb

Tell McDonald's: No anti-transgender violence! Protect gender identity/expression.

    1. Petition by

      Nicholas Sakurai

      Washington, DC

This disturbing video shows violence against a transgender woman at a McDonald's restaurant in Baltimore County, Maryland. Smoking Gun reported that a McDonald's employee posted the video with comments that appear to blame the victim for being transgender and trying to use the restroom. The employee further accused the transgender woman of faking her seizure seen in the video.

McDonald's wrote they are "shocked" at this anti-transgender violence, and yet they have no anti-discrimination policy to protect transgender employees or customers. And this is not the first anti-transgender incident at McDonald's. In 2009, Zikerria Bellamy faced hiring discrimination and received a harassing anti-transgender phone call from a McDonald's manager. Change is overdue. These can not be treated as one-off situations where an employee gets fired and a press release issued. Real changes must be made.

We call upon McDonald's not only to add gender identity/expression to their non-discrimination policies but also to institute practices that show that McDonald's is committed to inclusion and safety for transgender and gender variant people. While policies sometimes have only limited effects, we know that policy and social change are mutually reinforcing, and McDonald's has not shown real commitment on transgender issues through their policies!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Nicholas Sakurai
      Petition Organizer

      Anyone remember Zikerria Bellamy? Transphobia at McDonald's is sadly old hat, just like their policies.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Nicholas Sakurai
      Petition Organizer

      We must support justice in this particular situation, but also examine what kind of culture permitted it to occur. That is why we demand transgender-inclusive policies at McDonald's. The company says they are "shocked" at this anti-trans hate crime yet they don't have policies to protect transgender or gender variant people. Longer-term, sustainable change is possible. Please help promote this cause!

    5. Nicholas Sakurai
      Petition Organizer

      McDonald's just announced they no longer employ the person who took the video, but did not explain why. Let's not let this become a one-off event where they fire a couple people and release media statements of how safe they are. Demand transgender inclusion in corporate policies/practices now!

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Nicholas Sakurai
      Petition Organizer

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    8. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Randy Stein DENVER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      McDonald's should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the violence without raising a finger, videotaping it and treating it as a joke.

    • dana rushin DETROIT, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      disturbing video.

    • Jason Loghry ANCHORAGE, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      We to stop the violence against gay/bi/lesbian/transsexual people !

    • Leslie Gray OLYMPIA, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      We live in a time of change. Your company is not making any changes where acceptance of the diversity of humanity is involved. There are 17 known gender expressions for the human species. The labels of male and female do not begin to cover the issue.

      The American Medical Association has released data proving that gender identity is established early during the gestation of a child and that the gender and sex may not match after birth takes place. Just like the differences in race, the differences in gender can not be changed once they are set in an unborn child.


      The movement against your company will continue to grow in strength until you change the way you treat transgender individuals. Do the right thing. Add diversity training and non-discrimination

      for gender expression to your company's Human resources policy and join the 21st century.

    • Liz Alvarado MELROSE PARK, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      I am speechless at how these people could just stand back and even walk over her while this injustice was going on. The people who hurt her represent a shame to humanity. To the victim: if you ever read this, who ever you are, I apologize for them I am sorry you had to go through this, really sorry honey and I hope you have been able to surpass this horrifying incident.


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