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Petition to Google, Inc

Google เอาแอปพลิเคชั่นที่สร้างความเข้าใจผิดต่อกลุ่มเพศทางเลือก LGBT ออกจาก Play Store

English version below ทำไม Google ยังปล่อยให้แอปพลิเคชั่น ‘แก้อาการเกย์ (ex-gay)’ อยู่ใน Play store ต่อไป ทั้งๆ ที่แอปนี้พุ่งเป้าไปที่กลุ่มเพศหลากหลาย LGBT ที่เป็นวัยรุ่น และชี้นำพวกเขาด้วยวิธีการบำบัดแก้วิถีทางเพศที่อันตรายและไม่ได้ผล มาช่วยกันบอก Google ให้เอาแอปที่สร้างอคติและตีตราคนกลุ่มเพศหลากหลายออกจาก Play store โดยเร็วที่สุด แอปนี้แย่มากในทุกมิติ มีการเปรียบเทียบอย่างหน้าตาเฉยว่าการชอบเพศเดียวกันก็เหมือนการเสพติด และยังวิจารณ์กลุ่มคน LGBT อย่างเสียๆ หายๆ ว่า “มีวิถีชีวิตแบบทำลายล้าง” อย่างไม่แคร์อะไร Living Hope ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทผู้พัฒนาแอปนี้ใส่เนื้อหาซ้ำๆ ที่ดูถูกว่ากลุ่มคนข้ามเพศ คือพวกที่เป็นโรคสับสนทางเพศ โดยเรียกผู้ชายที่เป็นเกย์ว่า “พวกผู้ชายเพศเสื่อม” ซึ่งสามารถ “หายจากอัตลักษณ์ที่ผิดๆ” นี้ได้ และยังอ้างลอยๆ ว่า “วิถีชีวิตเกย์” นั้นเป็นอันตรายต่อร่างกายและจิตวิญญาณ เมื่อเราทราบข่าว เราได้ติดต่อไปยังบริษัท Apple Microsoft และ Amazon เกี่ยวกับแอปที่สร้างความเกลียดชังนี้ และบริษัททั้งสามก็รีบเอาแอปนี้ออกจากร้านค้าออนไลน์ของตัวเองทันที แต่น่าแปลกใจมากที่เราไม่ได้รับการตอบรับใดๆ จาก Google ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทที่ประกาศว่ามีนโยบายที่เคารพความหลากหลาย ...ขอถามหน่อย ทำไม Google ไม่ทำอะไรเลย? การ ‘แก้อาการเกย์ (ex-gay)’ เป็นเรื่องหลอกลวง เป็นวิธีการที่ไม่ได้ผล ทำลายชีวิตคน และได้รับการประณามโดยทุกองค์กรทางการแพทย์และสุขภาพจิตที่น่าเชื่อถือ สมาคมจิตแพทย์อเมริกันกล่าวว่าการพยายามเปลี่ยนเพศวิถีสามารถนำไปสู่ “อาการวิตกกังวล ซึมเศร้า และพฤติกรรมทำร้ายตัวเอง” ซึ่งรวมถึงการฆ่าตัวตายด้วย แล้วทำไม Google ยังยอมให้มีสินค้าที่โหดร้ายและอันตรายแบบนี้อยู่ในร้านของตัวเอง? โปรดช่วยกันลงชื่อสนับสนุนแคมเปญนี้ เพื่อเรียกร้องให้ Google เลิกผัดวันประกันพรุ่ง และลบแอปนี้ทันที แอปนี้เต็มไปด้วยความเกลียดชัง และหมายหัวล้อเลียนกลุ่ม LGBT ด้วยอคติ ทุกนาทีที่แอปนี้ยังอยู่ในร้านออนไลน์ของ Google เด็กวัยรุ่น LGBT ที่อยู่ในกลุ่มเสี่ยงก็อาจจะดาวน์โหลดได้ทุกเมื่อ จึงต้องดำเนินการให้เร็วที่สุด ----------------------- Why is Google’s online store still offering an “ex-gay” app that targets LGBT youth for the dangerous and ineffective practice of conversion therapy? Tell Google to immediately remove this hate app that marginalizes and stigmatizes LGBT people. By any standard, the app is awful. It brazenly compares homosexuality to an addiction. It casually trashes LGBT people as living “destructive lifestyles.” Living Hope, the creator of the app, repeatedly belittles transgender people as suffering from “gender confusion.” The group refers to gay men as “sexually broken guys” who can “walk out of false identities” and claims, without evidence, that the “gay lifestyle” is “spiritually and physically harmful.” When Truth Wins Out previously brought the hate app to the attention of Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, the companies acted with responsibility and swiftly removed it from their online stores. The surprising silence from Google is in stark contrast with the corporation’s stated policies of inclusion, respect and diversity. So why hasn’t the company taken action? “Ex-gay” programs are a sham. They don’t work, they destroy lives and they are condemned by every respectable medical and mental health organization in the world. The American Psychiatric Association says that sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) can lead to “anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behavior”, including suicide. So, why is Google offering a platform for such a mean-spirited and dangerous product? Please sign our petition to demand that Google stop procrastinating and immediately remove Living Hope’s hateful app that deliberately singles out LGBT people for bigotry and ridicule. Every moment that this app remains at Google’s online store, vulnerable LGBT teenagers can download it, so time is of the essence.

Truth Wins Out
45,096 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, Frank Pallone Jr., Joseph P. Kennedy III

Tell the House Subcommittee on Health to make PrEP a part of preventative care

I became a "new case of HIV" in 1991. Most of my friends who contracted HIV (10 to 15 years before me) are dead now. But BECAUSE of them, by 1996, I was on HAART (the cocktail of drugs) that has kept me alive & healthy. Today, there’s a proven way to prevent new cases of HIV, it’s called PrEP, and if it had been available to me & my friends, they wouldn't be dead & I wouldn't have been a "new HIV case." We can end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. HELP ME! The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced that PrEP (aka: Truvada, one of the drugs I take) should be offered by doctors as a major form of HIV prevention. But there’s a huge hurdle to getting on PrEP - the cost. Without insurance, a 30-day supply of PrEP can cost roughly $1,700. Even with insurance, the costs can be prohibitive. But the House Subcommittee on Health can do something about it, they can make PrEP a part of preventative care. This would mean patients could get PrEP for free, no matter the cost. Tell the House to make PrEP a free and essential part of preventative care!The Task Force found that many physicians aren’t offering PrEP for HIV prevention because of the high cost. Once completed, their report will be going to the House Subcommittee on Health and could help expand existing coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but HIV prevention should go further. An estimated 15% of people with HIV don’t know they have it. In the U.S., HIV rates are actually increasing among Latino and African American men. Southern states had half of all new HIV cases in 2016. With novel preventative drugs like PrEP, countless lives could be saved. Also at risk Women, traditionally ignored in HIV prevention policy, would be benefit if we Demanded that the House make PrEP an essential part of preventative care. In the U.S., 1.2 million people are at high risk of contracting HIV, but only about 80,000 of them had access to PrEP in 2016. That same year, there were 40,000 new cases of HIV in the United States. If high risk people use PrEP everyday, it can reduce their chances of getting HIV from 70-90%. Lives are at stake. Tell the House Subcommittee on Health to make PrEP an essential part of preventative care. No one should lose a friend or relative to complications from HIV/AIDS. Tell the House to make PrEP free. If we ACT TODAY we can end HIV/AIDS. 

Will Scheffer
24,688 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Brian Breslin, MSU Board of Trustees, Commander Saun Mills, John Engler, Bill Schuette, Esq., Eli Broad, Gretchen Whitmer, Rick Snyder, Debra Bittner, Debbie Stabenow, Gary C. Peters, Mary Finn, Thomas Glasmacher, Tomas Hult, Leo Kempel, Bonnie Knutson, Wanda Lipscomb, , Felicia Wu, Brianna Scott, Kelly Tebay, Betsy DeVos

#MSU Has STILL NOT Addressed ALL of the Abuse It Covered-Up. Help Us Find Justice.

Past MSU President Simon has been INDICTED for a felony. But it STILL hasn't made whole the students it damaged in YET ANOTHER COVER-UP. MSU LIKES TO HIDE, RATHER THAN SOLVE ITS PROBLEMS. In the 1990s, I was President of the on-campus Graduate Student Association in Owen Hall (called OGA). In an attempt to improve hall services, we sent a survey to students. What we uncovered was scary. STUDENTS WORRIED about their WELLNESS AND SAFETY. Three Disturbing Things Stood Out: 1.   STUDENTS COMPLAINED that a residence hall director was trolling students for sex – an activity that MSU’s policies did NOT prohibit in 1992! This employee also kept no regular office hours. But as with NASSAR inappropriate staff behavior was something to ignore. 2.   PEOPLE WORRIED that Owen Hall was the only dorm open 24 hours per day—and that ANYONE COULD ENTER when the night security employee went on rounds. There had been sexual assaults in the building, and a sex offender that The State News nicknamed the “blue bandit” had been masturbating in students’ windows on the ground floor. Again--MSU failed to act. 3.   OWEN HALL had a high SUICIDE RATE. As an international dorm, with graduate students representing many cultures, stress could run high. Many students thought an on-site professional counselor would be better than the Residence Life “services” that MSU provided. OGA shared these concerns with the Division of Student Affairs and proposed some rational solutions. The Vice President of Student Affairs, Moses Turner, responded by attacking the students who brought the complaints to him—promising them “student affairs records that would keep them from ever getting a job in academia.” Turner bizarrely then had his staff steal OGA’s bank funds (a felony!) and establish a “new OGA government” that his staff controlled, to silence student complaints about student safety. Around this time, Turner’s staff failed to intervene in an Owen Hall suicide attempt of which Residence Life had been warned. I became convinced that MSU was completely incompetent regarding issues of student safety—and I went to the campus paper, The State News, with the story. When the reporter called Moses Turner for comment, he told her he believed there to be “an element of race,” in my advocacy for overhauling Owen Hall’s Residence Life structure. Simultaneously, he falsely charged me and another student with racism in the MSU judicial system—which he himself administratively oversaw. The State News therefore declined to cover what was happening on Owen Hall, though MSU’s Council of Graduate Students had independently investigated what Turner was doing and had passed a resolution condemning MSU’s actions. I remained vocal, because I knew the student who had attempted suicide (and was one of the people to whom he had given away possessions before jumping off a 5th floor balcony!).  Turner’s staff then threatened to out me as gay. I persisted. At which point they threatened to out a friend of mine as gay. That worked too well—the same university Vice President who oversaw the MSU Counseling Center singlehandedly taught me what clinical depression feels like. The depression lasted several years. I took out $100,000 in student loans to get by—and both the financial aid office and the English department kept certifying my student loan eligibility—completely failing in their oversight of MSU’s federal loan program. The other student whom they “charged with racism,” met the same fate. He dropped out of school with no B.A. after taking out $40,000 in student loans that can never be discharged under federal law—though his department likewise provided no academic oversight. In effect, MSU paid themselves $140,000 in federal loan funds, for which they delivered no academic services or degree program oversight! And two students have been paying off $140,000 in federal loans for over two decades—for the honor of having been harassed and abused by an MSU Vice President. It was a real education—but it’s not the education we paid for—AND BETWEEN US, THERE IS STILL OVER $100,000 IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT REMAINING. I have written about this to EVERY MSU President since 1992. Not one of them has ever made things right—let alone apologized. John Engler got his letter in February of 2018 after publicly promising that he was going to completely change things at MSU. HE HASN’T. When a university cannot correct the mistakes that are made in its name, people like LARRY NASSAR THRIVE. Until real change is made at MSU, no student is safe. What happened to me could happen to you—or to your son or daughter… Please join me in asking that MSU make appropriate amends for what it did to me and that other student (whom I will never name and out as bisexual) in 1992. Join me in demanding that MSU radically improve its environment for LGBT students. MSU has had an anti-gay hate crime on its campus in each of the past three years. During the first year I was at MSU, a gay student had his dormitory room set on fire. Not much has changed.  Join me in asking MSU’s FUNDERS—including foundations, corporations, and major donors to WITHHOLD donations—until the university makes amends with those it has damaged in the past—and verifiably transforms MSU's toxic victim-blaming culture. And JOIN ME IN ASKING MSU’S Accrediting agencies, including both the Higher Learning Commission and the American Osteopathic Association to suspend their accreditation of MSU—until the university demonstrably proves that what happened to me—and to so many patients of Larry Nassar—can NEVER happen again.  #GoTeal #MeToo

Martin Furey
1,489 supporters