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Petition to Phil Bryant

Repeal Mississippi's Anti-LGB Law

Repeal Mississippi’s Anti-LGB Law Act now to protect equality: repeal House Bill 1523 in Mississippi. HB 1523 allows businesses and government workers to deny services to the lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community.   HB 1523, also known as the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, allows business owners and government employees to deny services to same sex couples and other LGB folks on the basis of religious beliefs. Business owners may refuse to hire LGB people, fire them on the basis of sexuality, and refuse housing. Religious institutions may refuse to marry same-sex couples. If same-sex couples do get married, wedding related businesses (e.g., florists, clothing stores, caterers, event spaces, makeup artists, party planners) are legally allowed to refuse services. Does this legalized discrimination under the guise of religious freedom match your moral values? How would you feel if your sibling, child, or friend was refused service because of who they loved? Brandiilyne Dear (BB), a Pastor of a church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, advocates for LGB equality and has been featured in multiple documentaries. BB’s church welcomes people of all gender and sexual identities. HB 1523 means that BB and her wife, Susan, may not be able to adopt a child. Is religious freedom more important than providing a loving home for a child? Brandiilyne Dear is one of 60,000 LGBT individuals in Mississippi who are subject to legal discrimination based on their sexuality. HB 1523 claims to protect Christians. Yet many Christians do not support this law.  Jesus said that Christians should support and love everyone. Loving God and your neighbor as yourself is the most important commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). People were all created equally in the image of God, and He looks on His creation with love and grace. When we choose to pass His love and grace on to some people and not others, we are not respecting God’s creation. Jesus loved all “outsiders” and made a point of including the marginalized and loving them for who they were. Supporting this legalization of discrimination against your neighbors instead of loving and accepting them is contradicting the very fundamentals of Jesus’s mission. Instead, we should create a safe and accepting world to protect the physical and mental health of LGB individuals. LGB high school students are significantly more likely to experience physical violence and bullying both at school and online (Centers for Disease Control). Over 40% of queer students have seriously considered suicide, 60% have felt hopeless, and LGB students are up to five times more likely to use illegal drugs. Not only are LGB people at a greater risk for violence and mental illness, but anti-LGB discrimination is directly correlated with mental illness; LGB people who reported more instances of discrimination including not being hired for a job, being denied a bank loan, or getting treated with less respect, also had more depression, anxiety, and stress. A similar bill in Indiana (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act) that enabled anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of religious freedom was repealed after pressure from protests and boycotts. We must do the same with HB 1523 and add comprehensive protections against discrimination based on sexuality. Many states have such protections in place; Mississippi should follow their example and adopt a bill like the Equality Act, which is currently proposed to Congress, to ensure all people are protected from discrimination based on sexuality. Please sign this petition and help the LGBT community in Mississippi gain equal rights.

Ellie Baugher
72 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Chattahoochee High School, Students, families, Parents, Administration, Teachers, relatives

Prom Gender/Sexuality Equality

UPDATE: To everyone who has signed this petition, we cannot thank you enough. Your support means the world to us, and we are forever grateful. Chattahoochee High School is an extremely accepting place, and we are so blessed to have been given the opportunity to attend. They are so accepting of all people, regardless of background, race, gender, or sexuality, and it's understandable as to why that this close to the Prom date they felt it unnecessary to change royalty voting for this year. However, for that reason, this petition is now shifting focus to the future. We want change the focus, so that in future people in a similar situation as ours can have an equal opportunity as heterosexual couples. The same goal still stands, but with focus on the future, instead of this year's Prom. Additionally, this petition is not just for our school, but all schools. No kid, not matter where they live, should be forced to live unequally. And we are hoping to stop just that. We want to make a lasting impression, and with your help, we are going to be able to! Thank you all again for your support, and keep on signing and sharing!   ORIGINAL POST: Chattahoochee High School is refusing to allow equal representation of people of all genders and sexualities at Prom.  When it comes to Prom, we are all familiar with the iconic voting for Prom King and Queen. Based simply off of its general history, it is rooted in being a couples contest - hence why the name is King and Queen (an allusion to a married couple of royalty).  This year, there are six deserving nominees for Chattahoochee's Prom King and Queen, consisting of two couples - one heterosexual and one homosexual. Because of this situation, we proposed the idea of simply switching the name from Prom King and Queen to Prom Royalty.  In this case, it would allow for two people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, to win. This not only allows the chance for a homosexual couple to possibly win, but it also ensures that the most deserving people win. This means that if the most deserving of the nominees are two girls, they would both be allowed to win, instead of historically only allowing one to be crowned royalty.   It is time for a change, and for that we will not go lightly.  Please help us achieve this by signing this petition. Every signature matters, and we hope you will help us reach our goal.  

Carter Hebert
5,364 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jacinda Ardern, Antonio Tajani, Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk, Winston Peters

Give New Zealand free movement within EU block as an independent like Switzerland!

Create closer ties between New Zealand and EU by putting in place a new free movement policy between New Zealand and the EU. You can see this working very well between Switzerland and EU as an example. By allowing free movement, both EU and New Zealand will boost each other's economies and create more job opportunities for both ends. It has nothing to do with the geographical positioning, but more to do with if the visions of the two entities align, which they do very strongly.My personal scenario is that as a migrant from New Zealand in EU (Currently in the Netherlands) I am severely limited in the following ways (I will only detail one or two): - I have to live 5 continuous years of my life in the Netherlands before I can gain residence. This means that until I get residence, I can't do what other EU residents can do for example: Work in Netherlands, but live just outside on the German border where it is cheaper for example and the scenery is more to our mental/emotional taste. - I can't take out the necessary loans from banks due to the time limitation on my Visa to improve my living conditions in for example my home or a more suitable working car, etc. - The list goes on and on Instead of having to try and deal with every different EU country's different residence requirements, why not just let New Zealand citizens have free movement, so we can live and work anywhere in EU to contribute in all manners of highly skilled employment.  Look how well it is working for Switzerland!! If Switzerland can do it, why can't New Zealand?! Just imagine the possibilities and the drop of monopoly amongst businesses in NZ for example..... Disclaimer: I am happy to explain in more detail the motivation as we get more people interested if the motivation is not already clear enough in this description.

Kevin Groves
113 supporters