Petition to President Michel Aoun, Human Rights Campaign, Helem
Decriminalize homosexuality in Lebanon.
It's 2017 and homosexuality is still a crime in Lebanon! Some people still consider homosexuality a crime because it contradicts their religious beliefs. However, Lebanon is known for its freedom of religion, and for respecting freedoms...Religion in Lebanon is only responsible of "personal status" matters, so why should we link homosexuality with religious beliefs? Why can't we just accept and respect people for what and who they are and learn to be more tolerant? A more liberated and accepting society never hurt anyone, yet a strict, conservative society that punishes people for being different did hurt thousands of people worldwide! This is the right time to stand against the "Article 534" of the Lebanese Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuals. Adding to that, we currently have a huge number of young adults demanding a change in "Personal Status" laws, for being controlled by religious figures and causing women to face a lot of discrimination and inequality. -Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code prohibits having sexual relations that are "contradicting the laws of nature", which is punishable by up to a year in prison. If you agree that the above mentioned article should be repealed, and believe that homosexuality shouldn't be a crime, please sign this! Georges Azzi, executive director of the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, told the Washington Blade in 2017: "Homosexuality is technically illegal in Lebanon, however the new generation of judges are less likely to apply the law and the police forces will not reinforce it". In January 2017, a Lebanese judge challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct. In his ruling, Judge Maalouf referred to a penal code provision protecting freedom of expression, Article 183, which states that, "An act undertaken in exercise of a right without abuse shall not be regarded as an offense." If no harm is done, there is no crime. On 11 July 2013, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) released a statement saying that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated, they said: "Homosexuality in itself does not cause any defect in judgment, stability, reliability or social and professional abilities", "The assumption that homosexuality is a result of disturbances in the family dynamic or unbalanced psychological development is based on wrong information". Also, the LPS stated that conversion therapy, seeking to "convert" gays and bisexuals into straights has no scientific background and asked health professionals to "rely only on science" when giving opinion and treatment in this matter. This made Lebanon the first Arab country to declassify homosexuality as a "disease".
Petition to His Holiness, Pope Francis, Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, Dominique François Joseph Cardinal Mamberti, Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich, His Eminence Daniel Nicholas Cardinal DiNardo, Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Remove Bishop Robert C. Morlino from Diocese of Madison, WI
Imagine burying a loved one who was denied funeral rites just because of who they loved. It’s a reality LGBTQ families and their loved ones are facing due to the actions of Bishop Robert C. Morlino.My family has a long history with the Madison, Wisconsin Diocese that Bishop Morlino now presides over. We were raised in the Roman Catholic tradition and were taught by our family priest that love is core of the Catholic faith. Since his arrival, Bishop Morlino has put bigotry and hatred front and center.Bishop Morlino has instructed priests to consider withholding funeral rites or exclude the partner of the deceased to minimize “risk of scandal or confusion.” This is not being directed by church leadership or being asked for by parishioners, but solely based on his own bigotry.Pope Francis is transforming the church to return to love and compassion where people like Bishop Morlino have tried to instill hatred and bigotry. It’s why I’m calling on His Holiness Pope Francis to remove Bishop Morlino.In these moments of grief, providing these sacred rites is not a scandal — it’s what is right. I can’t imagine losing someone and then being interrogated about their or my own sexuality.Trying to deny LGBTQ people burial rites is just the latest example of Bishop Morlino’s divisive behavior. He has ordered priests to call on parishioners to stand against same-sex marriage, instructed priests to avoid monasteries that disagree with his worldview, and tries to infuse his personal politics into the pulpit.Bishop Morlino’s 14 year pattern of hate and abusing his power has no place in the Madison Diocese, let alone the Catholic Church. I’m calling on His Holiness Pope Francis to remove Bishop Morlino. With your support, he will hear our voices and restore love to our community and send a message that hate has no place in the Catholic faith.Signed,Amelia Royko Maurer
Petition to CNN, GLAAD, Bernie Sanders, Nikki Haley, Barack Obama, NBC, ABC, Michelle Obama, Facebook, GoFundMe, Change.org, Human Rights Campaign, CBS, Lambda Legal
Our son is being kept from us because I'm transgender. Help us bring him back home.
We are the parents of an amazing five-year-old. For the past year and a half, he has been kept from us by my partner's family because I am transgender. When my fiancee has tried to get him back and begged to know why they weren't letting her see her son, they said, "because you've got him hanging around that fruitfly."They were welcoming and supportive of our relationship until they found out I was trans. Then it bothered them that this little boy started calling me "daddy." This was a point made when they took us to court for emergency custody two weeks after we finally got him back from them. I was outed in that courtroom - personal details (and several untruths) about my life on display for everyone in the courtroom who already gathered because they believed (thanks to church, the news, and the bathroom bills) that trans people are pedophiles. The aunt and uncle won emergency custody despite our affidavits detailing their abuse - us witnessing them pointing a gun at my partner and at her son on Christmas, them admitting to us that they told him we were dead, his own testimonies to us that they told him we "left because [he] was bad" and that they made him hide in the bathroom when my partner showed up with law enforcement and her lawyer to pick him up "so we wouldn't go to jail."This was five months ago, and we are still awaiting an investigation. In the meantime, they will not allow any visitation through any means to my partner. They forbade his school from allowing her to eat lunch with him or even buy a yearbook with his picture in it. They refuse to answer emails, calls, or texts. My partner didn't lose parental rights to her child, but she isn't being allowed visitation or so much as an update on his well-being. I have held her every single day for five months while she sobbed and grieved her child who is still alive. I helped her redecorate his room to surprise him when he gets to come home, and I find her in there often just looking at his things and writing letters to him. I have watched her heart break on Halloween when she saw dozens of kids in costumes but didn't get a picture of him (which she had at least gotten from her uncle last year), on Thanksgiving when she had no family to be thankful for because they all betrayed her to take her son, and crying into the phone on Christmas when she called and got no answer (because this was her first Christmas without her son - we drove down to SC last year to try to bring him home and were threatened with legal action, but at least we were together).There are so many details that I can't share because this is such a controversial legal case and I want to protect my partner and our son at all costs, but I can say this: my fiancee is an incredible mother. She is selfless, and her only flaw was trusting the people who she believed had her and her son's best interest at heart. She is the strongest person I've ever met. I love him like he were my own, and I am so honored that he considers me his other parent. I have worked with kids since I was 16, and I mean him no harm. We adore this little boy. Our family, our friends, our church, our coworkers all know it. We have a 2 bedroom home with everything he needs. We have no violent or criminal pasts hindering us from giving him a good life. We are sober, professional, and have passed numerous background checks to work with other children. It isn't fair that we don't have our own.As for our son, he is our superhero. He loves us both so immensely that it makes all this nightmare worthwhile to know that we have someone counting on us so much. He is so open minded and curious about the world. He is tolerant of all kinds of people, wise beyond his years, kind and good in every way. He is our greatest blessing, and we will keep fighting for him and for our family. Will you stand with us and sign and share our petition?
Petition to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
LDS Church - Formally apologize to victims of conversion therapy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the past has conducted conversion therapy on homosexual men and women in an attempt to "cure" them. There are reports of this happening as recent as 2016. In addition, good LDS people are still attempting to "pray the gay away" for themselves or others because the LDS Church promotes the idea that it is sinful to engage in homosexual activity. It is not enough that the Church now opposes the practice. Many youth, and others, are resorting to taking their lives because of the struggle of being an LGBTQ+ individual in the LDS Church. We ask that the LDS Church formally apologize to the individuals and their families for the pain they brought upon them. Similar apologies, like the Queen of England granting a posthumous Royal Pardon to Alan Turing, have been made in the past and we believe the LDS Church needs to be held to these same standards. If any reader is interested, here are some articles/sources about this subject. Conversion Therapy Event at BYU-I Homosexuality and the LDS Church Personal Experiences of a gay Mormon teen Spending 7 Years in Conversion Therapy Electroshock Therapy at BYU Conversion Therapies Still Felt Today The 5 Wounds of LDS LGBT
Petition to Christina Miller, Justin Trudeau, Jennifer Pertsch, Tom McGillis, George Elliot, Brian Irving, GLAAD
Make Total Drama's Gwen and Courtney stay friends or date.
Total Drama has had a lot of couples and friendships over the years. But there are two female characters from the Total Drama Series that has had a friend-enemy-friend-enemy relationship which is basically a love-hate-love-hate relationship. They are Gwen and Courtney, Gwen is known as "The Loner" who is a Goth Girl who has a mix of black and midnight blue hair, and Courtney who has mocha brown hair, and dark skin like hot chocolate skin, as she is a former counselor and training. They both were training bags by Total Drama's Writers becuase the fans wanted them to makeup for what happened during Total Drama World Tour when Duncan who has a green mohawk and a former juvenile delinquent cheated on Courtney with Gwen thus creating the worst love triangle ever. They finally made up and the writers ruined it, so we need to fix it, and not just make them friends again, but also make them date thus becoming the first LGBT couple on Total Drama History so sign this petition please! PLEASE! If we win, we finaly get what we want...and if we lose we will never know what could have been, so please sign this petition.
Petition to Change.org, Human Rights Campaign, Hillary Clinton
Make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people in Pennsylvania.
LGBT and other communities have not been treated fairly for a long time. In some states it is still legal to discriminate at LGBT. Please share this with your peers and sign this. Sign this if you want this world to be more peaceful.
Petition to Premier of Bermuda - David Burt, His Excellency The Governor of Bermuda - John Rankin
SAVE MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN BERMUDA
Marriage Equality became legal in Bermuda on May 5th 2017. The Premier of Bermuda and his political party, The Progressive Labor Party, want to roll back rights via legislation. Equality, Civil Rights and indeed Human Rights are all at stake here. Bermuda is on the cusp of being the 1st country on planet earth to roll back Marriage Equality. This from a government that has the word "PROGRESSIVE" in its name.PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION and tell the Bermuda Government to keep MARRIAGE EQUALITY in place. Please do NOT overturn the historic SUPREME COURT ruling of May 5th 2017.
Petition to Enrique Peña Nieto
Prohibit Pastor Steven Anderson from Entering Mexico
Steven Anderson is the infamous pastor for Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, USA, who has regularly called for the death of homosexuals. Pastor Anderson is extremely controversial on many issues. In June 2016, he stated in a YouTube video (since taken down, but re-uploaded by other users) that he was glad there were "50 less pedophiles" after the Orlando Pulse Shooting. This implies that he promotes terrorism as long as the victims are of the LGBT community. Anderson has also called for the death of Caitlyn Jenner due to her sex change. Pastor Anderson and his wife are a disgrace toward people with mental, physical, and/or learning disorders. They call certain issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Asperger’s Syndrome and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) “bogus” and believe the cure for these is to be "spanked more". In February 2016, he posted a clip from a sermon explaining how women should not have the right to vote, have a job or divorce their husband. He has already been banned from several countries, including the United Kingdom, Botswana, South Africa, Malawi and most recently Jamaica. According to the church website, Steven Anderson is scheduled to conduct soul-winning in Sonora, Mexico from June 21 until June 23, 2018. Mexico should not have to deal with Anderson's hate speech and homophobia. We are calling for the Government of Mexico to ban Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church (Tempe, AZ) from entering the country on June 21.