Petition to United Parcel Service of America, Inc., Eduardo Martinez, Lynnette McIntire, Kristen Petrella
UPS: Pull your donations until the Boy Scouts pull their anti-gay policy
On their website, UPS touts their 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. Now, Scouts and Scout leaders across the country urge UPS to act on that rating and help end the BSA's anti-gay policy. In 2010, UPS gave more than $150,000 to the Boy Scouts of America, despite the organization's policy banning gay Scouts and leaders from participating. As an Eagle Scout, I applaud UPS' long history of support for the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA has historically been a vital American institution critical in the development of our nation's future leaders. But on July 17, 2012, the BSA reaffirmed their discriminatory policy, stating in part: "…we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals…" And because of this policy, inspirational Scouts and Scout leaders -- Like Ohio Den Mother Jennifer Tyrrell and Kentucky Scoutmaster Greg Bourke -- continue to be fired from the Boy Scouts, just because they are gay.When asked by a reporter at The American Independent if UPS will continue to donate now that Boy Scouts of America have reaffirmed their policy, UPS spokesperson Kristen Petrella said "This decision has not and will not impact The UPS Foundation’s decision to provide funding to BSA although we evaluate each funding request on an individual basis."That position is inconsistent with how UPS views workplace equality and it is inconsistent with the Scout Law, which demands bravery, loyalty and kindness.Until the Boy Scouts of America ends this hurtful policy, they do not deserve the financial backing of companies that strive for workplace equality. Intel Corporation, the Boy Scouts' largest corporate donor, according to The American Independent, recently announced that they would discontinue funding the Boy Scouts after more than 30,000 Americans joined Scouts for Equality's petition campaign. Now it's time for UPS to do the same.UPS Foundation President Eduardo Martinez should know all too well how senseless and out-of-touch the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy is. Mr. Martinez serves as Chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and is a board member for The Metro Atlanta YMCA. Both of these organizations welcome and benefit from embracing gay youth and leaders in their programming.UPS' own website states "In today’s world, we understand that diversity encompasses more than race and gender. It extends to the full myriad of issues ranging from ethnicity to sexual orientation to physical ability. Inclusiveness, respect and cooperation are core values that help drive the way we do business with our customers and suppliers - and strengthen our bonds with a multi-cultural community of friends and neighbors." We urge UPS to truly live by these words and use their influence to help end the Boy Scouts anti-gay policy.Please join Scouts for Equality in calling on UPS to pull its contributions to the Boy Scouts of America until the Boy Scouts pull their discriminatory policy === NOTE: We encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you're a current or former UPS employee, or involved in Scouting, please say so in the "Why People Are Signing" section. Thanks!
Petition to AT&T, Mark Siegel, League, AT&T, Randall Stephenson
CEO of AT&T: Urge the Boy Scouts to Drop Ban on Gay Leaders and Troops
My name is Jennifer Tyrrell, and in April 2012, I was removed as the den leader of my seven-year-old son’s Cub Scout pack, all because I’m gay. Despite the fact that I was a good den leader and parents in the community supported me and urged me to take on the role, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) now say that I do not “meet the high standards of membership” that the BSA seeks, and will no longer allow me to participate in scouting. This news was heartbreaking -- both for me, but also for my son, who wonders why the BSA won’t let his mother participate in scouting. But as heartbreaking as this news was, there’s a ray of hope -- hundreds of thousands of people took action and put pressure on the Boy Scouts of America to end their long-held policy that bars gay scout leaders and gay troops. And now, after delivering hundreds of thousands of signatures to the Boy Scouts of America’s National Annual Meeting, the Boy Scouts have publicly revealed -- for the first time in history -- that a resolution is before their national board that would allow local chartering organizations to welcome gay troops and gay scout leaders. This is historic. With thousands of current scouts, former scouts, and scout leaders around the country urging the Boy Scouts of America to end their policy prohibiting gay troops and leaders, the time for the Boy Scouts’ board to act is now. And who better to act than a business leader who is not only on the board of the Boy Scouts, but who also leads a company with a near perfect record on gay rights: Randall Stephenson of AT&T. AT&T has a 100% ranking on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, and has been honored as a top place to work for LGBT employees. In addition, AT&T has active LGBT employee groups. If Randall Stephenson has been so successful at leading a company committed to LGBT rights, he can use his power as a board member of the Boy Scouts of America to help change a discriminatory policy that prevents families like mine from being involved in scouts. The Boy Scouts offer so much to young people like my son. But by continuing to prevent gay Americans from participating as leaders or troops, the Boy Scouts are sending a damaging message to kids that discrimination is acceptable, and that families like mine aren’t welcome at their table. Randall Stephenson has the unique position of being able to challenge this policy from within, and join the hundreds of thousands of supporters who’ve urged the Boy Scouts to end their ban on gay troops and leaders. Please urge corporate leaders to take their leadership on diversity issues within the workplace, and extend it to their role as board members of the Boy Scouts of America.
Petition to Ing. Rodrigo Velez Valarezo, Econ. Rafael Correa Delgado, Ecuador Minister of Health, Maria Paula Romo, Dr. David Chiriboga Allnut, Dr. David Chiriboga Allnut, Dr. Galo Alfredo Chiriboga Zambrano, Eco Ricardo Patino, Eco Ricardo Patino
Close remaining ex-gay torture clinics in Ecuador
** See below for Spanish translationAlthough over 30 “ex- gay clinics” have been closed this year, hundreds still remain open. These clinics which claim to “cure” homosexuality have decreased in popularity in recent years yet still remain a horrific reality for many. Escaping patients report cases of physical and psychological abuse including verbal threats, shackling, days without food, sexual abuse, and physical torture. Paula Ziritti, 24, spent two years in one such facility and for three months was shackled in handcuffs while guards threw water and urine on her. She describes numerous accounts of physical and sexual abuse. Ziritti says, “The closure of the first clinics by the government is good, but not good enough. Why is the clinic where I suffered still open?” Since Zirittu’s public disclosure, many others have been inspired to step forward and file formal complaints against these treatment centers. Please join Fundacion Causana and a coalition of other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender groups in calling on Ecuador’s Minister of Health to immediately investigate and close the 200 “ex- gay clinics” that still remain open despite public support for their closing and reported accounts of torture and abuse. http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/10/07/Lesbians_Escape_From_Ecuadors_ExGay_Torture_Centers/De mi consideración:Acabo de firmar la siguiente petición dirigida al: Ministro de Salud de Ecuador.---------------- Únanse a las acciones que la Fundación Causana, el Taller de Comunicación Mujer y Artikulación Esporádika están llevando a cabo para presionar al Ministro de Salud de Ecuador y a la Fiscalía que investigue y cierre inmediatamente las clínicas de rehabilitación que todavía siguen abiertas a pesar del apoyo público a su cierre y de las historias informadas acerca de torturas y abusos. Ecuador es el hogar de más de 200 clínicas para lesbianas y gays que matan de hambre, abusan y torturan a los pacientes en un esfuerzo por volverlos heterosexuales. A pesar de que este año se cerraron más de 30 “clínicas”, todavía permanecen abiertas cientos de ellas. Estas clínicas que proclaman que “curan” la homosexualidad disminuyeron su popularidad en años recientes, pero todavía siguen siendo una realidad horrorosa para muchos. Los pacientes que escapan informan casos de abuso físico y psicológico que incluye amenazas verbales, encadenamientos, días sin comida, abuso sexual y tortura física. Paola Ziritt, 24, pasó dos años en una de esas instalaciones y estuvo encadenada durante tres meses con esposas mientras que los guardias le tiraban agua y le orinaban encima. Ella describe numerosas historias de abuso físico y sexual. Ziritt agrega: “El cierre de las primeras clínicas por parte del gobierno es bueno, pero no lo suficientemente bueno. ¿Por qué todavía está abierta la clínica donde sufrí?” Desde la revelación pública de Ziritt, muchos otros se inspiraron para dar un paso al frente y presentar demandas formales contra estos centros de tratamiento. Por favor, únete a los grupos de activistas ecuatorianas para apelar al Ministro de Salud ecuatoriano inicie una investigación seria acerca de la degradación y abusos ilegales y que cierre todas estas clínicas.