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Petition to Everyone

VOICE OUT! End LGBTQ Discrimination and Raise Gender Equality!

Around the world, people are discriminated against, excluded, and persecuted. They lose jobs, are shunned, and become victims of hate crimes, simply because of their gender or sexual orientation. But we can make a difference when we stand together for LGBTQ rights.  Every human deserves the same basic and unalienable rights. Every human deserves equal treatment -- the same opportunities, the same access to jobs, the same freedoms. But everyday, discrimination is perpetuated by those with loud and powerful voices in our society. And, as a result, people in the LGBTQ community are denied the opportunity to live life to its fullest and participate fully in their communities. The tide has been turning in recent years. As of 2014, 32 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as 16 countries worldwide, have passed laws allowing same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships. Undoubtedly, the Supreme Court's rejection of parts of the Defense Against Marriage Act in 2013 was a huge step forward in the movement for LGBTQ rights. But there is still so much more work to do. More than a thousand benefits, including unpaid leave to care for an ill spouse, social security survival benefits, and spousal benefits are granted only based on marital status. These benefits are denied of those joined in civil union. Far too many companies still employ hiring practices that discriminate based on gender or sexual orientation. People are treated differently and unfairly, and we Gender rest until every person is afforded the same rights. By standing together and advocating for LGBTQ rights, we can create a kinder, gentler, more inclusive world. When you create or sign a LGBTQ rights petition, you tell governments and policy organizations around the world that we will not stand for discrimination and violence against our fellow humans. Together, we can help change not only the laws but also the way that our societies and cultures think about LGBTQ issues. By signing this petition, you have the opportunity to save another human being from discrimination. Your support will create a better life for people around the world.When we stand together, our actions have an impact. When we unite for good, we can contribute to the solution. Let's stand together for LGBTQ rights! 

Katherine June Caoile
357 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Pacific Islands Forum

Decriminalize and Protect the Rights of LGBTI People in the Pacific Islands Now!

As Pacific LGBTI leaders and allies with a view to the protection and promotion of human rights of gender and sexual minorities in the Pacific Islands, we respectfully call on the Pacific Islands Forum, the region's premier inter-governmental policy organisation, to immediately introduce supportive policies to ensure that all of its members uphold the values of its mission “to support full inclusivity, equity and equality for all people of the Pacific.” Seven of the 18 Forum member states* maintain colonial-era laws that criminalize the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people**, threatening gender diverse citizens with harsh penalties, including but not limited to imprisonment, whipping and other corporal punishments. Regardless of enforcement, such laws reinforce negative attitudes that enable an environment of persecution and harm to all LGBTI citizens in the Pacific. On behalf of all LGBTI citizens, and their families, friends, and allies, we respectfully call on the Pacific Islands Forum Chair, Leaders, and Member States to: Establish a process that leads to full legal protections for all LGBTI citizens in all member states, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the commitment to “Leave No One Behind”; Enforce a policy of full decriminalisation of colonial-era and other laws that restrict the freedom of expression of Pacific LGBTI citizens; Denounce homophobic and transphobic prejudice and discrimination, and lead the way by ensuring that the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat develops employment policies that protect its LGBTI, gender & sexual minority employees; Include gender & sexual minorities in leadership positions and in decision-making processes Because of existing discriminatory legislative provisions, LGBTI people in the Pacific face severe challenges and suffer disproportionate discrimination and abuse. They are rejected by their families, kicked out of their homes, bullied, and pushed out of school. Too many LGBTI people are jobless, homeless, without healthcare, and struggling to survive, including LGBTI Pacific citizens that migrate to Australia and New Zealand. The situation of transgender men and women is even worse. They have higher rates of homelessness, poverty and hunger. For individuals and their families, this is a personal tragedy. For society, it is a shameful waste of human talent, ingenuity and economic potential. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION TO HELP MAKE THE PACIFIC FREE AND EQUAL FOR ALL.  THANK YOU! *The Pacific Islands Forum member states are: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. **Some Pacific Islands Gender Diversity Terms include: Leiti or fakaleiti (Tonga), Fa’afafine (Samoa, American Samoa, and Tokelau), Fakafifine (Niue), Akava’ine (Cook Islands), Māhū (Tahiti and Hawai'i), Aikane (Hawai'i) Vakasalewalewa (Fiji), Palopa (Papua New Guinea), Ira tāngata, Takatāpui,Tangata ira tāne, Whakawahine, hinehī, hinehua (Maori). Sponsored by Leitis in Waiting Pacific Equality Project - Pacific Human Rights Initiative - Tonga Leitis Association - Pacific Sexual & Gender Diversity Network

Leitis in Waiting Pacific Equality Project
3,560 supporters