Make the back-up beepers of city vehicles play "Miss....Vanjie... Miss...Vanjie..."

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Visibility and representation matters.

That is why, after decades of state-sponsored violence against LGBTQIA communities, it is the urgent obligation of our municipal governments to pay reparations for the cloak of invisibility cast upon queer individuals at the hands of systemic marginalization.

We require that justice be served for both our community and RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Contestant José "Vanessa Vanjie Mateo" Cancel (of the House of Mateo), who was the latest to suffer the cruelty of gross underrepresentation upon her premature elimination from the show.

By signing this petition, we can send a message to the LA County Board of Supervisors to shine a light on positive representation of queer figures by demanding that all municipal roadbuilding, construction, and sanitation vehicles replace their gross heteronormative back-up beepers, so that every time the vehicles are put in reverse, the vehicle instead projects "Miss... Vanjie.... Miss... Vanjie..... Miss... Vanjie."

This is not only an issue of social justice, but one of public health, as supported by numerous independent studies on the harmful consequences of the standard beeping. These studies have concluded the obnoxious beeps to be:

1: harmful noise pollution (Holzman, David C. (2011-01-01). "Vehicle Motion Alarms: Necessity, Noise Pollution, or Both?". Environ Health Perspect.),

2: disruptive to healthy cognition (Wolchover, Natalie (September 2012). "Everyday Things that Make You Dumb: Why mundane experiences can throw your mental muscles for a loop". Reader's Digest. p. 37.), and that

3: unessential to having an effective back-up alarm (Tom Scott (24 January 2014), "Why Do Reversing Trucks Not Beep Any More?", Things You Might Not Know).

Sign this petition today, and we can tell the Board of Directors to come and get these cookies for a better tomorrow.



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