Topic

LGBT

14 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Chris Bowen, Greg Hunt, Meegan Fitzharris, Steven Miles, Brad Hazard, Steven Wade, Jill Hennessy, Michael Ferguson, Sarah Lovell MLC, Janet Rice, Roger Cook, Scott Morrison, Ms Sharon Claydon MP, Daniel Andrews

“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me - outlaw ‘LGBTQA+ Conversion’ therapy now!

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 LGBTQ+ conversion ‘therapy’ has not disappeared in Australia, but has simply gone more underground. According to the article, even children have been subjected to LGBTQ+ conversion practices.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 Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Health Minister Greg Hunt to work with each state to protect the most vulnerable and outlaw LGBTQA+ conversion practices and their advocacy nationwide. It has no place in our medical profession and certainly not in the lives of minors. *UPDATE* This petition focuses on legislation/regulation to prevent LGBTQ+ conversion practices in formal or therapeutic settings (such as in counsellors offices). This is a good start, however to effectively curtail the LGBTQ+ Conversion movement, a much broader response is needed. After signing this petition, please read the recommendations in the survivor statement at www.SOGICEsurvivors.com.au

Chris Csabs
62,603 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Alfriston College Board of Trustees

Help us make school policy more inclusive for LGBTI+ learners at Alfriston College.

High school is a challenging time for all learners, it can be even more difficult for learners who identify as LGBTQI+. According to a study done by the University of Auckland: nearly one in five transgender students experience bullying at school on a weekly (or more frequent) basis – this is nearly five times higher than the proportion of students who are cisgender. Having an inclusive policy means that learners and learning leaders are aware of their rights and responsibilities within Alfriston and have a guideline to work from in situations regarding gender and sexuality. If our school, Alfriston College does not specifically provide for students needs, it makes it even more difficult for students to come to school. Currently, at Alfriston, there is not a policy that considers the needs of LGBTI+ students, and because of this, learning leaders and other members of staff can use their own values and beliefs to judge what students are permitted to do. The only existing policy that comes close to making school more inclusive is the Equity Policy. This policy focuses on three areas of school life to ensure that it leads to equitable outcomes for learners: All learners will have access to the national curriculum, regardless of race, religion, gender or disability. Every endeavour will be made to ensure that learners are not subject to discrimination. Learners are treated with respect to their ethnic background. There are then guidelines, which state how this is principle will be met. Some of these include having diverse role models in school and ensuring that teachers are aware of cultural backgrounds. We want to change the equity policy so that it is more inclusive and specific. Currently, the equity policy lacks any mention of sexuality, sex, or gender. There is much more to a person than just their ethnicity, race or culture. We want to add new guidelines, such as ensuring that sexuality, gender and sex are taken into account for equity goals and further policy. We also want to make existing guidelines like 'being aware of the cultural background of learner' to become more inclusive, changing the guideline to 'being aware of the background of a learner, which includes their race, religion, sexuality, gender, sex and culture. We would also like to add procedures into this policy so that it is further specific, such as what happens when a transitioning male to female wants to use the female toilets, changing room or wear uniform intended for females. This change is up to whether the board of trustees accept our proposed changes. With your support, we can put more pressure and show for a stronger need for this change in policy.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Below is the draft policy that we would like to implement at Alfriston College. Bolded parts are parts that we have changed. BOT COMMITTEE: ATL Date Ratified / Reviewed: Signature: Next Review Date: ATL 14 AC CHARTER, GOVERNANCE AND OPERATIONAL POLICIES 2017 REFERENCE: Part 2, #1.2 and Part 3, #1.3 Equity PrincipleAll learners at Alfriston College shall have access to the National Curriculum regardless of race, religion, sexuality, gender, biological sex or disability. Every endeavour will be made to ensure learners are not subject to discrimination and that learners are treated with respect to their background, which includes their race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and biological sex. Guidelines The school will endeavour to provide positive role models in terms of race, religion, sexuality, gender, biological sex or disability so that learners can understand the importance of equity in the behaviour of themselves and others Learning Leaders will endeavour to be aware of the background of each learner which includes their race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and biological sex. Senior staff will ensure that the equity policy, principle, guidelines and procedures are being met when monitoring learning programmes and school events or trips. Alfriston College will endeavour to provide facilities and resources that cater to the needs of all learners, such as sexuality, gender, religion, disability and biological sex. These facilities and resources will be unbiased, fair and accessible to all learners in school. The school will endeavour to provide a balanced gender and ethnicity in its staff. Appropriate methods of teaching and assessing will be practised that consider the background of a learner (this includes a learner’s race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and biological sex).  ProceduresThese procedures outline how the guidelines should be followed and help to give clarity to the broadness of the guidelines. In accordance with Guideline 4, transitioning learners (for example, a male to female learner that still has male genitalia) can use any unisex toilet (ground floor of H block), gendered toilet in Auaha and Whainga and gendered changing rooms in the Gym. In accordance with Guideline 3, all learners can choose to be in any gender-based group for whanau-based events (such as haka competition, chant competition or sports day). In accordance with Guideline 3, Learning leaders and senior leadership should endeavour to minimise the need for gender segregation when not necessary.  In accordance with Guideline 4, all learners can wear any Alfriston College uniform regardless of the uniform’s intended gender. References:Education Amendment Act 2000 InsideOut – “Making Schools Safer for Trans and Gender Diverse Students” Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) – “Supporting LGBTQIA+ students.” Privacy Act    

Alfriston College PSSP
302 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Tanya Plibersek, Scott Morrison, Tanya Plibersek

We stand with LGBTIQ youth against discriminatory religious exemptions

Imagine a young person being forced to suppress their true identity for fear of being kicked out of school and humiliated in front of their peers.  These laws tell youth to hide their identity or be rejected by their community and isolated from their friends. That's the impact of the government's discriminatory religious exemptions. Tell the government you won't stand for it. ---UPDATE 1: Your voices are having an impact! PM Scott Morrison has now backtracked on expelling gay students, but has still not released the full recommendations for Religious Freedoms.   UPDATE 2:  The Coalition has indicated it will craft its own legislation with Labor to protect LGBTIQ students from discrimination but does not support the move to protect teachers and staff. No one should be fired or denied employment based on who they are or who they love. UPDATE 3: The Coalition has blocked the labor bill, forcing the issue into next year. These discriminatory exemptions will continue to exist, likely through til election. With now 50,000 signatures, we will continue to carry this issue into the forefront of 2019 - encourage your community to stand against this - no student shouldn't know where they're welcome to return to school because their identity.  We want to ensure the conversation continues to include teachers and staff, as the government fails to include amendments that protect their rights.Sign the petition and let's make sure schools are safe for everyone. ---- Minus18 will deliver this petition to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Minus18
54,201 supporters