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Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Parliamentarians

Ensure that the rights & freedoms of all Australians are equally protected.

The Review into Protection of Religious Freedoms commissione by Prime Minister Turnbull & conducted by Mr Philip Ruddock is due to be completed by 31 March.  The time for direct submissions has now expired but in the remaining 5 weeks there is still time for the community to make its collective feelings known. Freedom of Religion already has significant protection in Australia but many of those who opposed the legalisation of Same Sex Marriage argued that this would interfere with the rights of churches and their representatives.  In many cases their argument was and is based on an unwillingness to accept that non-heterosexual individuals are entitled to the same freedoms under the law as are heterosexuals. We don't yet know what recommendations will be made by the Ruddock Review but we do know that many churches and their supporters, as well as traditionalists, or those unable to accept gender differences, will have made submissions to the review that, if accepted, will allow continued discrimination against the LGBTQI community. A Church has every right to make religious decisions according to its particular dogma and beliefs about spiritual matters.  However, Australia is a secular state, not a theocratic one, and marriage is a civil right endorses by our law. No Church should be allowed to discriminate in what is a civil right of all citizens of this nation.  Discrimination of the grounds of gender, sexuality, race, or religion should not be allowed to any group. Freedom of Religion is a right of all citizens in this nation and is NOT threatened in any way by the righting of the inequity that barred non-heterosexuals from marrying.  The freedoms that are guaranteed to our citizens should be protected on an equal basis and have equal standing under the law.  Only in exceptional circumstances should someone be denied those guaranteed freedoms.  At the same time, no particular group in society should be above the authority of our Constitution and Parliament such that they have an unequal privilege that allows them to discrimate against a person's civil rights simply because that group disagrees with that right. The current Review into the Protection of Religious Freedoms has the potential to introduce new and legally endorsed permission for churches or their representatives to discriminate on the basis of a person's characteristics or proclivities.  This should be unacceptable in a modern, secular, democracy. Non-heterosexual people have long suffered discrimination and are only now beginning to be treated with anything approaching equality.  The approval of Same Sex Marriage was a major step forward and long overdue.  It would be terribly sad to see that progress countered by a regressive move to exempt Churches from having to respect that change in our laws. Malcolm Turnbull and his government can ensure that such regression doesn't occur.  They ought to set the model for the community and ensure that our secular society is not weakened by allowing religious bodies to decide civil matters. I came to Australia, freely and of my own choice, believing and finding it to be a relatively open, peaceful and harmonious community with predominantly good laws and a fair and just society for all.  I would like to believe that the majority of people in this nation wish it to continue that way.  Many religious people and some Churches have shown their willingness to come together with the LGBQTI community.  Equally, many LGBQTI individuals are of faith and want to be blessed by their churches for who they were born to be. Isn't that coming together a positive way forward for everyone? Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Government can ensure that equity is maintained by passing legislation which does not allow discrimination by any organiation, religious or otherwise, against any group or individual in society, particularly where that person or group has a right of freedom under the law to pursue a certain action.

Roger Hawcroft
57 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Narendra Modi

LGBTI in India and Diaspora Call for Support : SAY NO to Section 377

Love is Not a Crime! Protect Our Right to Equality – #Repeal377 This petition is to request to repeal Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and decriminalize homosexuality in India. Imposed on India by the British, Section 377 is a Draconian law dated from 1860 and puts 50 million LGBTI Indians in harm’s way. It has been used as an excuse for harassment, blackmail, extortion and physical and sexual abuse, multiplying existing inequalities based on caste, class and gender. The UN states that “decriminalizing homosexuality is an essential first step towards establishing genuine equality before the law.” In the latest Universal Periodic Review, the report from the Human Rights Council Working Group on the UPR (Twenty-seventh session) states: "Section 377, Indian Penal Code, criminalizes homosexuality. In 2009, the Delhi High Court declared this section to be unconstitutional. This decision was reversed by the Supreme Court of India in 2013. However, the Supreme Court in February 2016 agreed to another hearing on the matter, which is now subjudice. In a related judicial development, in 2014, the Supreme Court recognized that sexual orientation and gender identity are integral to a person’s personality and are “basic aspects of self-determination, dignity and freedom.” The Court stated that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates India’s constitutional guarantee of equality" This petition therefore asks the Indian government to: Repeal Section 377 legislation which criminalizes same-sex sexual activity in India Put in place an immediate moratorium on the enforcement of any existing laws criminalizing homosexuality Commit to engage in meaningful dialogue with their LGBTI communities to facilitate an informed debate about the means to remove all legal and other impediments to the enjoyment of their human rights Commit to open and free debate across the Commonwealth on the decriminalization of homosexuality Support public education initiatives to inform the people of the Commonwealth about the case for LGBTI equality Support the right of an LGBTI Association to register with the Commonwealth alongside all civil society organizations and be free to express its views and engage in public debate. Fully include LGBTI people in development and other programmes on an equal basis with the rest of society. A previous petition by the Humsafar Trust, the oldest LGBTI organization in India, was delivered to the Prime Minister of India stating: "Section 377 is an archaic British law that finds mention in all Commonwealth countries in some form or the other. The law criminalises any sexual behaviour against the"Order of Nature" which in practice criminalizes the lives of LGBTI people in India. While the law was read down in Britain in the 1970s , the law continues as a colonial legacy. Presence of the law further stigmatizes and discriminates against people of alternate sexual orientation and individuals who may not adhere to Victorian mores of sex. The law is used by the police as well as anti social elements to extort and blackmail LGBTI individuals. The law poses one of the greatest risks to HIV prevention programs as even a simple act of distributing condoms is affected by this law. No person should feel or be treated like a criminal for loving someone!" Section 377 only serves a political purpose to criminalize love between consensual adults and encourages homophobia and multiple discrimination in India.

British Asian LGBTI
19,422 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Najib Razak (Prime Minister of Malaysia), Malaysian Parliament, United Nations

Legalize Gay Marriages and educate LGBT+ Rights in Malaysia

As Malaysia slowly develops into a better nation, Malaysians should also be educated that being part of the LGBT+ community does not make them any less of a human being. Individuals of the LGBT+ community should earn equal rights as heterosexuals and cis-gendered individuals. How would it make any logical sense when it is up to heterosexuals to decide whether their 'foreign' or 'peculiar' sexuality is a choice? Why should it be the Malaysian government's decision to declare homosexuality a 'disease'? Whether homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender identities (and other LGBT+ sexuality) are a choice or not, what harm could it possibly inflict on other individuals? I have bumped into countless of LGBT+ individuals, that I believe shouldn't be discriminated, live in fear/anxiety and deserve to lead a manageable and simple life, provided with basic human rights. Countless of murderers, rapists and criminals in general are on the loose, committing far worse crimes, potentially harming others, yet somehow, individuals with different sexual orientations or/and having gender identities that differs from their assigned sex are the main focus. Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country, and a nation of diverse individuals. However, why should it put LGBT+ Non-Muslims' human rights on a halt. With further research being conducted, it should all start by educating citizens that homosexuality is not a contagious disease carried out by gay pathogens, but just having a sexual preference for the same gender, in which I strongly believe that there are far worse problems in which we need to shine more light on. Would it make sense when rapists and abusers are sentenced to imprisonment on an average of 10 years, while homosexuals that were caught having consensual  sexual intercourse are imprisoned up to twenty years and possible whipping? Individuals of the LGBT+ community tend to receive unnecessary discrimination on a daily basis, due to the negative light Malaysia has shone on the community. LGBT+ individuals are being bullied over being someone they did not choose to be. Though some LGBT+ individuals may not be discriminated, there is a possible chance of them living in a metaphorical cell where they can't be themselves. Baby steps into being more accepting LGBT+ individuals are encouraged. As the Malaysian Parliament holds the power, it is up to them to educate Malaysians about the LGBT+ community, widening their view and leaving what society has generalized behind.  Being a homosexual Muslim, I believe that my Islamic beliefs shouldn't hold back other LGBT+ individuals from happiness. 

Hakim Aziz
157 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Amber Rudd MP, Robert Goodwill MP, Jeff Smith MP


We stopped the imminent deportation of a gay asylum seeker to Uganda! The UK government were about to deport Jimmy Kyesswa, a gay Ugandan man, back to his death. A flight was booked for 5.25pm on Monday, 5 December 2016. An attempt was made to take him to the airport. Whilst on the road the guards received a number of telephone calls. There was some confusion and he was returned to Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre.  Jimmy has now been released from detention and has been granted temporary admission whilst his case is being reviewed.  Jimmy was detained on 5 September 2016 when he went to sign at Dallas Court Immigration Reporting Centre, Manchester; even though he had an appointment previously given to him by the Home Office to bring further submissions for his case to Liverpool on 9 September. He had no time to exercise his right. He was then immediately detained and taken to Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Lincolnshire. His solicitor made further representations, which were rejected by the Home Office. Despite Jimmy being in a subsisting same sex relationship with his boyfriend, Cyrille, the Home Office has refused to accept that he is a gay man. Jimmy came to the UK in January 2005 after suffering mistreatment in Uganda based on his sexuality. Jimmy had hot water poured on him after being discovered with a man. The situation in Uganda is well known where gay people face persecution on a daily basis, such as mob violence, imprisonment and even death. Jimmy is also involved with a number of LGBT organisations and has a high profile on the internet including Facebook. He has attended several LGBT events around the UK to campaign for LGBT rights and for the rights of gay people in Uganda. If deported, Jimmy would lose his relationship with his boyfriend, his community in Manchester and would have to try to avoid persecution by living in hiding. We fear that he would be discovered and killed by homophobic mobs. We are asking that supporters sign the petition to stop any further deportation action. Please spread the word to as many friends and family as urgent action is required. 

Tony Openshaw
34,186 supporters