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gay rights

45 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Catherine King, Greg Hunt MP, Malcolm Turnbull, Meegan Fitzharris, Steven Miles, Brad Hazard, Steven Wade, Jill Hennessy, Michael Ferguson, Sarah Lovell MLC, Janet Rice, Roger Cook

“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me -- outlaw ‘Gay Conversion’ therapy

Trying to “Pray the Gay Away” nearly killed me. I’m not the only one. An investigation in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed gay conversion therapy has not disappeared in Australia, but has simply gone more underground. According to the article, even children have been subjected to ex-gay therapy. I was only 16 when my own ‘conversion therapy’ began. I came out to a church leader who wanted me to be ‘cured’ and I began sessions with a counsellor aimed at changing my sexuality. At 17 my church introduced me to the leader of an actual program designed to turn me straight. Eventually, I was desperate enough to try it. Every week, members spoke about their ‘sins’ and we learned about the spiritual and experiential reasons that we had ‘turned gay’. I was so ashamed and guilt-ridden that I remained completely celibate for years. So-called ‘conversion therapy’ causes depression, self-loathing and even suicide. I prayed to God asking him to either heal me, or kill me. I was so depressed, I wanted to die. The trauma associated with that part of my life still affects me - how could it not? How is this legal? I don’t want to see a single kid harmed by “therapies” that tell them that something that is innate in them is evil or demonic or needs to be ‘healed’. Please, sign this petition calling for Malcolm Turnbull and the Health Minister Greg Hunt to work with each state to protect the most vulnerable and outlaw gay conversion therapy and it’s advocacy nationwide. It has no place in our medical profession and certainly not in the lives of minors.

Chris Csabs
41,809 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Members of the NSW Parliament, the Premier of NSW

A NSW parliamentary inquiry into the NSW Police Force's response to gay hate crimes

In the 1980s, 1990s and 00s many gay men and trans people were beaten and murdered in locations around Sydney because of their sexuality. Some were thrown off cliffs and others were left to die in parks.  When these deaths were discovered or reported, sometimes investigators harboured homophobic and transphobic prejudices themselves, leading to an unwillingness to treat evidence with care, find answers to problems or even investigate at all.  Dowson Turco Lawyers is Australia's out loud and proud LGBTI law firm and is acting for 1989 gay bashing victim Alan Rosendale: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/sydney-gay-hate-crimes-still-unsolved/9800046  A parliamentary inquiry will ensure that suspicious deaths of gay men and trans people can be formally reviewed by an independent committee that is tasked with considering the responses of the NSW Police Force at the time. ACON NSW, Alex Greenwich MP and Jenny Leong MP are two of several parliamentarians supportive of an independent inquiry into the reporting, investigation and management of gay and trans bashings and murders. The victims of these heinous crimes deserve the community's support in identifying police errors and further identifying the perpetrators of violence against the LGBTIQ community. Many offenders are still alive and they work, walk and live among us.

Dowson Turco Lawyers Newtown
728 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Texas Gay Rodeo Association, International Gay Rodeo Association, Ron Trusley, Anthony Valdez, David Hill

Let The Gay Cowboy Ride!

My name is JOSH GOYNE, I am asking you to sign my petition so I can Ride in the IGRA Finals. Currently, the International Gay Rodeo Association have illegally banned me from riding to save them the embarrassment of addressing a incident that occurred at the Denton Rodeo. That you might understand better, I was assaulted had my C@#$ grabbed by a member who has gone unsanctioned and become an IGRA official assistant Judge, he had been previously sanctioned for sexual harassment of other members who complained. When I turned the Guy down as I am engaged and had no interest in him.I thought nothing more the incisent, until He continued harassing in me through text messages and Facebook "private messages". Disgusted I reported the situation to TGRA TIM and BRUCE GROS, President of the IGRA. In a PRIVATE not Public Message, I begged TGRA TIM to keep the guy away from me or I would use my "Second Amendment Rights" should he touch me again. Poor choice of words for sure, since being an Aussie I saw it on a bumper sticker at the Rodeo; but the point was made, I will defend myself if need be. I sent an email of Apology for my poor selection of words, but for the record, it was TGRA TIM that rather than curb his "friend" chose to take my PRIVATE MESSAGE and Confidential plea asking him to help ome; on blast to the IGRA stating I was a threat. He did edited my words to cover his ineptitude, and continues to lie about what happened and what was truly said. Bruce Gros, IGRA disqualified me and further more covered up for his Gropping-Friend and has attacked me in my process to be reinstated, they even elevated this Man to being a judge. This is the story in a nut shell. Forgoing all that, all I want to do is ride. I have been falsely accused of so much, when most of it is false. I want to remain in IGRA, I want to ride, and I'll be back to do so. I don't want and never wanted any problem. I simply want to compete, to show in the arena like everyone else. I know you personally don't know me, but won't you give me a chance to make IGRA proud?** Any one doubting what I have said here, please message me and I will send you the proof. The IGRA have wrongly sanctioned me banning me from 2 rodeos and finals with no substancal evidence."... I was banned saying I would defend myself from someone who not only grabbed me sexually but then continued to harrass me on FB. He was blocked for harassment. I personally reported this incident to Bruce Gros and Tim the president of Texas gay rodeo association who told me not to file an EPRB complaint! Which they deemed a threat after emails, phone calls and letters of Apology for any use of perceived threat or language both IGRA and TGRA are making it impossible for me to compete the rest of this year and have banned me with only one side of evidence till April next year they claimed I threatened the perpetrator with a gun , I don't even own a gun and this couldn't be any further from the case. But the perpetrator didn't even get a slap on the wrist, seems fair hey? I was banned just before I was due to compete in San franciso which only one bull and steer rider turned up seems fishy hey? I have spent 30k this year travelling to igra rodeos to qualify for world finals with my flights already booked and paid but because I stood up to sexual violence it has all been thrown back in my face!  please voice your opinion on the issue and help rewrite this injustice! wanna help me keep riding on the pro circuit ?  https://www.gofundme.com/let-josh-ride Or Visit thegaycowboy.com

Josh Goyne
477 supporters