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 If you agree that the above mentioned article should be repealed, and believe that homosexuality shouldn't be a crime, please sign this!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 Dreamworks
Dreamworks: GIVE THE VOLTRON WRITERS THE GREEN LIGHT! Give us LGBT Representation!
Voltron Season 7 was very disappointing to the LGBT+ fans. We expected GOOD representation and instead we got Heterosexual ships. Everyone was against the Voltron writers for queerbaiting, when in reality it was Dreamworks who did not give them the green light. This is 2018; children deserve to see themselves represented in shows. Children should be able to feel normal, no matter their sexuality. It's not fair for them to see that only heterosexuals live happily ever after and homosexuals get killed off. Dreamworks literally made a movie where a human and ogre fall in love and a donkey has babies with a dragon. GIVE VLD WRITERS THE GREEN LIGHT! - Barlee knows about the petition! This could get more for Shiro!-I don't think you all understand why I made this petition. I didn't make it specifically for Klance to became canon, I just want representation in this show that I love. I made it so Dreamworks can see that we support LGBT and want to see it on their show. I know season 8 is probably already done and written but I just want dreamworks to see that we care about LGBT+. I didn't make this to attack the writers or Dreamworks I made it so we can be heard. The word has even gotten to Twitter and Tumblr, we're just showing we care. I'm not a petty klancer who's shoving this in their faces to make a ship canon. I simply want representation.
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 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 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, Gregory J. Spray, 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
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 The Community
Removal of HSE Schools Board Member
I am asking for you to sign and share this petition to remove Hamilton Southeastern Schools board member Amanda Shera from her position on the board. Amanda does not represent the mission statement put forth by our school district. On several occasions she has violated policy by using her personal social media accounts to express her personal views that have reflected negatively on the district. https://www.isba-ind.org/uploads/1/1/9/2/119210664/code_of_ethics.pdf Most recently Amanda wrote a tirade on social media attacking and intimidating current board members, candidates, teachers and students. In this day and age we call this bullying. HSE schools currently have a no bullying policy in effect. Amanda has made it a personal vendetta to remove the rights of the LGBT students in our district. These are the posted comments on her social media page. Last year she used her position on the board by going to the Indy Star and trying to get a book banned from the district. (See article attachment) https://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/hamilton-county/2017/08/17/board-member-opposes-fishers-high-school-students-reading-the-kite-runner/573418001/ In the 22 years I have lived in Fishers, I have never seen a board member behave so selfishly. These actions have tarnished our districts image.
Petition to UA
Stop Hate Groups From Plaguing University of Akron's Campus
The University of Akron continues to allow hate groups to come to the school. Not only do these groups harass our students but they also disrupt the learning at this institution. What started as a once a semester thing as turn into a "multiple times a week" thing. They yell anti-lgbt slurs like "dykes" and "fags" and also refer to women as "sluts" and "whores" for attending college rather than "being home reading the bible to their children while their husband works." It is getting beyond disgusting. They target us as we walk by and wave signs in our faces about how Jesus hates us and how death and hell are in store for us. They also have a photo of the 9/11 tragedy and refer to it as an act of God's wrath. We should be able to attend our school without fear for our safety. According to the law, our school should be protecting it's LGBT students under the code Title 9. I am not seeing that currently. If they would "approve" a hate group that is anti LGBT to attend our campus, what's next? If they care about their students they would make a public statement that they don't condone or believe in the hateful behavior and maybe have someone right there making sure our students are safe. There was only ONE time I have seen a police officer intervene and it was to protect the hate group because a random person knocked a sign over, but I have never seen them stand up for the students literally being harassed and screamed at. Let's stop the copout about how it's freedom of speech. People say that when the speech isn't about YOU. These young people deserve to feel safe at school. Stop the hatred