Petition to Google, Inc
Get Google to remove its LGBT censorship policy from YouTube!
One of the best (and worst) parts of the Internet is that it has EVERYTHING. But I wanna focus on the good, and why being able to find what you're looking for online is important. Recently, Google updated its policy to censor LGBTIQ+ content on YouTube to anyone under the age of 18. This discrimination takes away the opportunity for under-18s who use YouTube to feel part of a community, enjoy content they can relate to, realise they aren't alone in their experiences, and it could even save a life in some cases. As a YouTuber, I create content (amazing content, if I do say so myself). That content isn't just for lulz; I want viewers to feel like they're not alone: your stories are actually OUR stories – interesting, entertaining, challenging stories. As a kid, I didn't have YouTube, so I couldn't easily access millions of people's stories. At times when I really could've used a familiar face telling a familiar story, that made me feel alone. This generation doesn't need to feel alone. YouTube, change your discriminatory censorship policy now!
Petition to Azerbaijan government
Azerbaijan - Stop arresting, torturing and humiliating LGBT+ people.
Over the last several days, LGBT+ activists in Azerbaijan have reported a sudden crackdown on people who do not correspond with ‘national traditional values.’ Eyewitness reports claim authorities have detained over 100 LGBT+ people. Beaten them, verbally abusing and forcing medical examinations on transgendered people. Some reports even suggest authorities are shaving the hair of transgender women. Ayaz Efendiyev of the Justice Party called for the arrests to continue. He said in a statement: ‘Western circles are trying to destroy our national traditions under the name of ‘human rights. He describes LGBTI people as ‘creatures who are sources of immorality, dangerous diseases, and who have been cursed by God.’ It wasn't so long ago we were fighting to help the gay men of Chechnya, now it's happening again and we can't just stand by. We need your help to call for prompt, effective and thorough investigations into the reports of torture and humiliation of gay and transgendered people in Azerbaijan. Anyone found guilty or complicit in such crimes must be brought to justice. Once the petition gets a decent amount of signatures, we will deliver it by hand to the Azerbaijan embassy in Central London and peacefully protest. Please be vocal and ask your MP's to speak out. We've said 'never again' too many times. Enough is enough. LGBT+ rights are human rights.
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.
Petition to Amber Rudd MP, Paul Blomfield MP, Brandon Lewis MP
Urgent: End the Detention of LGBT+ Asylum Seeker Patricia Simeon
Our friend Patricia is a Sierra Leonian lesbian currently being detained at an immigration removal centre. We fear that her life is at risk if she is forcibly deported to Sierra Leone where LGBTQ+ people are subject to threat, harassment and violence. That’s why we’re calling on the UK Home Office to release Patricia from detention immediately. She was first detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre last week and today was taken to Brook House to meet with the Sierra Leonian embassy - the centre where this year the national press reported abuse and assault against detainees. As of the evening of the 23rd October she is back in detention at Yarl’s Wood.I first met Patricia last year and together we founded LASS (Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield) as she was determined to not just fight for herself but for others LGBTQ+ asylum seeking women in need of support.It would be a massive loss to our communities if she was forcibly deported. Patricia has been a joyous presence at multiple LGBTQ+ Pride events during the summer and is incredibly committed to LASS. She is also a member of the Out Aloud LGBTQ+ Choir, African Rainbow Family, Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) and other support groups and churches in both Sheffield and Manchester.Patricia has been battling the asylum process since 2012 and is working on submitting a fresh asylum claim on the 7th November. She is a victim of trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced child prostitution, torture and faces a continued risk of FGM. Under the Home Office’s own policies Patricia should have never been detained in the first place due to being a victim of torture. UN guidelines state ‘trafficked persons shall not be detained, charged or prosecuted for the illegality of their entry into or residence in countries of transit and destination”. LGBTQ+ asylum seekers also face increased risks when they are detained including homophobic and transphobic harassment, discrimination and violence from other detainees and members of staff. Please sign our petition calling on the UK Home Office to release our friend Patricia from detention and to halt any attempts at deportation with immediate effect UN Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking, Principle 7 and Guideline 4 (5) Stonewall and UKLGIG
Petition to Chipping Norton school
Stop transphobia, homophobia, racism ,sexism etc... in Chipping Norton School
There are too many homophobic, transphobic, sexist and racist comments being casually thrown around in chipping norton school everyday... us kids are the future and all need to know this is not right!!! I don't want to imprint a future world full of these issues when the pupils become the teachers. This Rule is not on our school code of conduct, surely this is not right? Don't u agree everyone should be equal and not offended by ignorant people's comments on things they cannot change about themselves? Also important is that teacher refer to students with their preferred pronouns weather it be *he/him*, *they/them* or *she/her*. No matter what 'sex' the register says the pupil is, if told otherwize the teacher must always try to use the students correct pronouns. I also think it best to change one of the girls or boys toilets into a neutral one where anyone of any gender identity is welcome so that people don't need to complicate a nessicary human function by worrying about what bathroom to use. thankyou for taking time to read this and help make a change!
Petition to Papanui High School
Let Trans Kids Use Whatever Bathroom They Want
My school is all for equality and regularly preaches about how everybody deserves to have basic human rights. But recently I learned that my friend (female, previously male) has to walk all they way to student support in order to complete the simple task of using the bathroom (a basic human right) . Apparently her using the womens bathroom will make people uncomfortable, but it's not just her that struggles with this issue, heaps of kids have to use the bathroom of the gender they either no longer identitfy with or they just can't use any at all, which is hardly fair. Transgender people, or anyone who identifies as something other then the one they were born as already have to deal with so much nonsense and using the bathroom should not have to be one of them. I am hoping that by creating this petition my school will see that transgender individuals using the bathroom that conform to their gender identity will not make the other students unsafe or uncomfortable and if someone is uncomfortable with it they can simply pull their head out of their ass and get over themselves.