32 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Presiding magistrate

Protect LGBTI people! Revoke Bongile Joni's bail!

On New Year’s Day, Noxolo Xakeka was stabbed to death for being a lesbian. Her alleged attacker was granted bail, partly because Noxolo Xakeka fought back when she was attacked! Please help us convince the presiding Magistrate that Joni's bail is a threat to LGBTI people. Triangle Project, Free Gender and others will present your voices in court on April 12th! We, the community of concerned organisations and citizens are outraged by another crime perpetrated against a lesbian.  We the people are also keenly aware that violence against the LGBTI community in Strand has been an issue and a concern, with several incidents of hate crimes having been committed. In order to begin addressing this issue, the South African Police Service need to be sensitive to the handling of crimes of hate against LGBTI persons and, when these cases are reported and go to court, that justice must not only be done but also seen to be done.  This is not the experience of LGBTI people generally.  A previous murder of a lesbian in the same area was not adequately investigated and therefore did not go to court.   The release of the accused has disturbed residents, by undermining public peace and security, particularly the security of those from the LGBTI community.  The fact that the victim of the crime fought back when being attacked, should not have been one of the grounds considered when releasing him on bail.  As this is not the first murder committed in this area and given that the accused has been granted bail, sends a strong message to vulnerable groups that their lives do not matter and justice is not done or seen to be done. The perpetrator resides in the same area as those who were present on the night and those who are friends of the deceased.  There is a great likelihood for the accused person in this matter to attempt to intimidate the potential witnesses and others who are providing support to those impacted by this crime. 

Triangle Project
1,065 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP

LGBT+ History to be taught in schools.

In schools Black History is taught and Black History Month celebrated, and so it should be. Every groups struggles should be recognized and celebrated, this includes the LGBT+ community. My whole time throughout school I was never once taught about the history or struggle of the LGBT+ people. The Stonewall Riots, the legislation's against LGBT+ peoples and the slow but steady forceful fight for same-sex marriage to be legalized globally. Even on the topic of sex education, you are never taught how to have sex with the same sex and the dangers about it when protection is not used, yet heterosexual sex education is taught and children are told ways to prevent the spread of diseases, STI's and so on.. Ever since I came out in 2011 I was never once told when LGBT+ history month was, let alone anyone else celebrate or talk about it. Schools wonder why the bullying rate towards LGBT+ students is so high along with the suicide rates. This is because people are not educated on it or the people who belong to it. I did not have a clue what a gay or lesbian was let alone a transgender person. This lack of knowledge is a MASSIVE contribution to the ignorance of others.  I personally think this would have a massive impact on my community and give the people in my community some sort of hope that future generations will come to just accept the LGBT+ community and the people within it.  So many cultures and other peoples are celebrated throughout the year but the LGBT+ history month (which is in February by the way) is not taught to children in schools across the UK.  For me this is a very important issue and could tackle a lot of the ignorance of teenagers and attacks on the LGBT+ community in the future, and hopefully start to educate future presidents and prime ministers to eradicate this ignorance all over the world.  Thank you. 

Matthew Newman
26 supporters