113 petitions

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Petition to Phil Bryant

Repeal Mississippi's Anti-LGB Law

Repeal Mississippi’s Anti-LGB Law Act now to protect equality: repeal House Bill 1523 in Mississippi. HB 1523 allows businesses and government workers to deny services to the lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community.   HB 1523, also known as the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, allows business owners and government employees to deny services to same sex couples and other LGB folks on the basis of religious beliefs. Business owners may refuse to hire LGB people, fire them on the basis of sexuality, and refuse housing. Religious institutions may refuse to marry same-sex couples. If same-sex couples do get married, wedding related businesses (e.g., florists, clothing stores, caterers, event spaces, makeup artists, party planners) are legally allowed to refuse services. Does this legalized discrimination under the guise of religious freedom match your moral values? How would you feel if your sibling, child, or friend was refused service because of who they loved? Brandiilyne Dear (BB), a Pastor of a church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, advocates for LGB equality and has been featured in multiple documentaries. BB’s church welcomes people of all gender and sexual identities. HB 1523 means that BB and her wife, Susan, may not be able to adopt a child. Is religious freedom more important than providing a loving home for a child? Brandiilyne Dear is one of 60,000 LGBT individuals in Mississippi who are subject to legal discrimination based on their sexuality. HB 1523 claims to protect Christians. Yet many Christians do not support this law.  Jesus said that Christians should support and love everyone. Loving God and your neighbor as yourself is the most important commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). People were all created equally in the image of God, and He looks on His creation with love and grace. When we choose to pass His love and grace on to some people and not others, we are not respecting God’s creation. Jesus loved all “outsiders” and made a point of including the marginalized and loving them for who they were. Supporting this legalization of discrimination against your neighbors instead of loving and accepting them is contradicting the very fundamentals of Jesus’s mission. Instead, we should create a safe and accepting world to protect the physical and mental health of LGB individuals. LGB high school students are significantly more likely to experience physical violence and bullying both at school and online (Centers for Disease Control). Over 40% of queer students have seriously considered suicide, 60% have felt hopeless, and LGB students are up to five times more likely to use illegal drugs. Not only are LGB people at a greater risk for violence and mental illness, but anti-LGB discrimination is directly correlated with mental illness; LGB people who reported more instances of discrimination including not being hired for a job, being denied a bank loan, or getting treated with less respect, also had more depression, anxiety, and stress. A similar bill in Indiana (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act) that enabled anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of religious freedom was repealed after pressure from protests and boycotts. We must do the same with HB 1523 and add comprehensive protections against discrimination based on sexuality. Many states have such protections in place; Mississippi should follow their example and adopt a bill like the Equality Act, which is currently proposed to Congress, to ensure all people are protected from discrimination based on sexuality. Please sign this petition and help the LGBT community in Mississippi gain equal rights.

Ellie Baugher
35 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Chattahoochee High School, Students, families, Parents, Administration, Teachers, relatives

Prom Gender/Sexuality Equality

UPDATE: To everyone who has signed this petition, we cannot thank you enough. Your support means the world to us, and we are forever grateful. Chattahoochee High School is an extremely accepting place, and we are so blessed to have been given the opportunity to attend. They are so accepting of all people, regardless of background, race, gender, or sexuality, and it's understandable as to why that this close to the Prom date they felt it unnecessary to change royalty voting for this year. However, for that reason, this petition is now shifting focus to the future. We want change the focus, so that in future people in a similar situation as ours can have an equal opportunity as heterosexual couples. The same goal still stands, but with focus on the future, instead of this year's Prom. Additionally, this petition is not just for our school, but all schools. No kid, not matter where they live, should be forced to live unequally. And we are hoping to stop just that. We want to make a lasting impression, and with your help, we are going to be able to! Thank you all again for your support, and keep on signing and sharing!   ORIGINAL POST: Chattahoochee High School is refusing to allow equal representation of people of all genders and sexualities at Prom.  When it comes to Prom, we are all familiar with the iconic voting for Prom King and Queen. Based simply off of its general history, it is rooted in being a couples contest - hence why the name is King and Queen (an allusion to a married couple of royalty).  This year, there are six deserving nominees for Chattahoochee's Prom King and Queen, consisting of two couples - one heterosexual and one homosexual. Because of this situation, we proposed the idea of simply switching the name from Prom King and Queen to Prom Royalty.  In this case, it would allow for two people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, to win. This not only allows the chance for a homosexual couple to possibly win, but it also ensures that the most deserving people win. This means that if the most deserving of the nominees are two girls, they would both be allowed to win, instead of historically only allowing one to be crowned royalty.   It is time for a change, and for that we will not go lightly.  Please help us achieve this by signing this petition. Every signature matters, and we hope you will help us reach our goal.  

Carter Hebert
4,992 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jeff Roberts, Durwood D. Hendricks, Jr.

Stop LGBT+ discrimination in North Louisiana Schools

An open letter to the Caddo Parish School Board and Southwood High School.   Dear Reader, As many of us know, Kami Pham is a Southwood Senior and fellow classmate. You may not know that she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Art Club. She is very active on campus and shows school pride the same as any other student. Kami to many of us is a friend. Like many of our senior friends, Kami was excited for her senior photos, and for them to be in our final high school yearbook, as well as our senior wall. These things signify just how important graduation is, and how big of a turning point this is for many of us in life.  It aids in displaying just how important this final year of high school is for us. You only get to graduate high school once, and like many of us, Kami was hoping to make it memorable. Unfortunately, some people do not agree with that. Our principal since 2010, Jeff Roberts, did not see it that way. He believes in a bigoted ideology that those in the LGBT community are not welcome here, and will not be able to find a place at Southwood. Roberts, citing a non existent rule in the Caddo Parish Student Handbook and Southwood High School Dress Code, claimed that Kami’s photographs were not to be printed in our yearbook or displayed on our senior wall, because she chose to wear a wig and “feminine” attire, which Roberts went on to deem “inappropriate” for someone who's birth certificate identifies them as male. Copies of the dress code can be found on the CPSB website, as well as on the SHS website. Not only is there no documented rule against wearing any specific clothing for senior pictures in the Southwood Dress Code, but there is no such in the Caddo Parish Student Handbook. If, for any reason, a rule needed to be added to the requirements (of which none were given) the school hired photographer and Southwood staff should have notified within a timely manner, which they did not do. Many seniors took their photographs for the yearbook/wall in the months of June and July. The school hired photographer nor school staff notified her of the outfit not being eligible until March of this year, with barely two weeks between the finalization date and printing for our yearbook. In addition to the already discriminatory behavior, Roberts went on to say that Kami would not be allowed to walk across the stage at graduation if she decided to wear heels and a long hairstyle, something many students wear to graduation annually, and that, again, there is no rule against. We hope to achieve for Kami the ability to walk across the stage in any way he chooses to, and for the same for students throughout Caddo Parish. We also demand that Kami be allowed in our yearbook, as well as on our senior wall, as well as a formal apology from Jeff Roberts for discriminating and violating the first amendment rights of a student and abusing his authority as principal. We would like to see these actions taken as quickly as possible because they do in fact violate legal rights of a student as well as the Title IX revisions made in 2010. We have already contacted legal groups who will help us if legislation is not put into place on a district level to protect the rights of gender non-conforming students. Kami may not have been the first, but we for sure want her to be the last. We have already contacted our local news station, but they have told us that they cannot cover the story until the school board gives a statement, which will hopefully be soon. We would again like to say thank you to everyone who has signed, regardless of if you attend our school or not as it shows that people are watching this take place, and supporting our students. We have begun spreading this petition in more online spaces as we are on Spring Break and cannot easily contact one another. If you are a Southwood or other local high school student, please be sure to share a post about this on your social media.  This letter is to highlight the unfair and discriminatory behavior at Southwood High School from our principal, Jeff Roberts. Our school contact information is below, and their hours are Monday-Friday from 7 am to 4 pm. If you have the time, please send an email, call, or letter to Southwood High School or the Caddo Parish School Board showing your support. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to sign this petition and help protect the rights of our youth. Our rights do not go away just because we enter a classroom.  Sincerely, Southwood Students ----------------- CONTACT INFO Southwood Contact Info: 9000 Walker RoadShreveport, LA 71118Main Office: (318) 686 - 9512Fax: : (318) 687 - 7588jroberts@caddoschools.org Hours: 7am-4pm M-F --------------------------------------- Caddo Parish School Board Contact Info: CPSB Central Office1961 Midway Avenue P.O. Box 32000 Shreveport, LA 71130-2000 (318) 603-6300 Hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm M-F -------------------------------------------------Caddo Parish School Board Superintendent: T. Lamar Goree, Jr., Ph.D. P.O. Box 32000Shreveport, Louisiana 71130-2000(318) 603-6300 Hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm M-F --------------------------------------- CPSB Board Member for District 10: Durwood D. Hendricks, Jr. 2012 S Brookwood Dr Shreveport, LA 71118 Tel: (318) 364-0119 Email: Hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm M-F Please note that we are on Spring Break, so calling these numbers will most likely result in voicemail. until Tuesday  If you would like, you can call and share your support. It will still be possible to email at any of the above addresses.   

Southwood Students
5,253 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Craigslist, Department of Justice, Facebook, Council of the European Union, Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of State

Bring back craigslist personals and regulate classified ads websites

Craigslist personals has been a staple since its beginning. However, we have to agree it has been unregulated which allows people to post sketchy ads in secrecy. Quite honest doing no good to the name of Craigslist and this has extended to others ads such as Housing where people post bad ads trying to steal money from others.However, this was not justification to bring down a tool such as Craigslist personals. The dismissal of Craigslist personals is an attack on our civil rights, is an attack of freedom of speech and sexual liberties. Tell me Mr Trump if this would make America great, a place where a hard working American without time for a relationship can't post and ad looking to hook up with someone on similar circumstances and probably start a relationship from there. How is this making America Great where these two hardworking individuals can't find each other. You would argue that in the 80's we didn't have Craigslist, but times have changed, cities such as New York grew 1.3 million between 1980 and 2005 that's far too many extra people, we need better communication tools to reach out these individuals.On the flip side I am a father of one, I self identify as bisexual cross-dresser,  without Craigslist to try to contact a man, this goes to the women too these mothers, good wife that are bisexual and can't post an ad looking for a lady. Are we expected to come out of the shadow into adult sites and or go to gay bars? walk into a complete stranger and ask then probably get punched in the face? I did the first already and it didn't go well. I have my sexuality a secret, I created a profile in a reputed adult website and saw a good friend of mines who is extremely homophobic. She was online which prompted me to delete my profile just as soon as I created it. What about that bossy executive that like to be bossy in the office but have a secret?. Where else can a man say "I am a boss, I am bossy, I am the man but when nobody is looking, I like to dress into this beautiful lady". All that sound crazy to straight people but that's people sexuality, and this is America the land of the free.All LGBTQ friends I have talked to agree the law had great intentions we need to stop human trafficking. But there is a damaging line in HR1865 That is in section 3 and this is why we don't have Craigslist personals anymore. You are giving 25 years in prison for "facilitating the prostitution of five or more persons" first of all, this is clearly a direct attack on Craigslist personals and a direct attack on our freedom of communication. You can't stop people from selling their body unfortunately, if they don't do it on Craigslist they will do it in the street no matter what you do. You can't possibly blame Craigslist for other's decisions. This is a job for local police department if they want to penalize prostitution they can even use Craigslist as a tool. While trying to curb online prostitution, the LGBTQ was denied the freedom to communicate. I am not an active member of organized groups I am a father of 1 that work 55 hours a week one of those who could use a quick ad to find someone. We are as big part of America as the straight guy working next to me, as the straight woman working next to me. This also include a man who routinely shows up to work either as a woman or as a man. To religious groups he sounds like a disaster but that disaster work hard and pay taxes like everybody else and everyone in the LGBTQ community to the most straight looking person such as myself. If we allow religious groups to call out those posting on Craigslist and those with cross gender identity, we are favoring a group over another and allowing freedom of speech to be corrupted.           What I propose and will allow Craigslist to operate as always and safer  Discuss with John Craig how to fix Craigslist not only Craigslist personals but Craigslist in general. I almost paid money for a rented apartment that was being rented under-priced because they were traveling to Europe. The apartment wasn't up for rent. All posters are required to submit information just like in Facebook possibly include picture too. However, the ad will be posted as always, classic craigslist view, except for one thing, the ad will show a check mark on top which means this is a verified profile. So, when I post an ad, the reader will know I am a real person and Craigslist know who I am in case I do something stupid, this person can report me to Craigslist. Craigslist is in the business of being the online classified ads for  long time, will cooperate with local authority handing over any piece of evidence that could aid in the capture of any criminals such as those posting fake rent ads. My personal information will only be available to Craigslist. In this manner employers will know my resume is real, unemployed will know the job ad they are reading is real, people looking for apartment will know the apartment they are looking at is real or risk prosecution by law. Yahoo. Microsoft and Craigslist should be elevated to Historic websites, they have been around since the beginning of internet and quite honest, this is not a nice way to treat a site like this. Regulation of Law HR 1865 instead of prosecuting, any facilitator in the prostitution of 5 or more individuals is expected to fully cooperate with law. This instead ask to Craigslist to fully cooperate with the law, hand over any information that could lead to the capture of anyone breaching the law. Regulate the access to Craigslist personals, 16 years old to view ads, 18 years old to reply. Not everybody can access Craigslist personals, posters or not are required to create a Craigslist profile in order to prevent minors from accessing the ads. The sole warning that this content is for adults wont stop a 12 years old from clicking through it and actually going into the ads. So, in the new Craigslist profile we will be required to enter our birthday. Craigslist will review any flagging of ads and report anything that look sketchy such as the pictures of the person look like someone too young and don't match the profile pictures provided to Craigslist, instance that insinuate sex with children. Craigslist reserve the right to post any personal ad. Craigslist usually delay the ads for 15 minutes, these 15 minutes will be used to either accept or reject certain ads based on their content. If an ad is too severe such as trafficking children, craigslist will contact local authorities even if the ad didn't go live. Change the flagging system, when we flag an ad, we can now write why we flagging. I have contacted people in the past and then they ask me for money on e-mails. When I flag, I look like a hater. Honestly I am not against people who sell their body. I'm not in favor neither but is a disgusting move to say "I'm looking for fun" then ask for money via e-mail Include "any individual that facilitate the prostitution of 5 or more individuals... I feel this was a direct attack on Craigslist and the PIMP (boss of prostitutes) get nothing.  Allow Craigslist to generate income from digital advertising in order to hire more personnel and follow through with any government inquiries.  Homosexuality is not a lifestyle, I didn't choose to be bisexual, I have always been. Being shutdown like this in an attempt to "stop online prostitution" is stating that people like me can't communicate sexual desires. I am an avid user, I have flagged some ads in the past specially those asking for money or those that are looking for fun but ask me for money via e-mails. If we allow Craigslist Personals to go, this law will come after other similar websites such as plenty of fish, adultspace, and others. I and all the supporters of this petition expect you to exercise good use of reasoning. Craigslist is the wild west and need to have better user controls but at the same time, we can't lose Craigslist personals. 

Alexandra Martinez
48 supporters