Petition to Google, Inc
Demand Google Stop Peddling Dangerous ‘Pray Away the Gay’ App Targeting LGBT Youth
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.
Petition to Marriott, Host Hotels and Resorts
We write as concerned citizens and LGBTQ allies to urge Marriott and Host Hotels and Resorts, the owner of the New York Marriott Marquis, to cancel the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 “Person of the Year” Gala Dinner honoring the notorious homophobe and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, scheduled to take place on May 14, 2019. President Bolsonaro has an extremely disturbing record of bigotry, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia. Among other things, he once said he “would be incapable of loving a homosexual son” and that he would rather his son die than be gay. In addition, President Bolsonaro once said a Brazilian Congresswoman was “not worth raping” because “she is very ugly.” Given President Bolsonaro’s sordid record of public comments, it is appalling that a business in New York City would host an event in support of him. We are deeply concerned about the message such an event would send to New Yorkers, particularly LGBTQ young people, many of whom are struggling with their identity and are watching his remarks against them be celebrated. By hosting this event, Marriott is giving President Bolsonaro a platform that rewards his outrageous behavior. We do not believe that Marriott and Host Hotels can claim to be “responsible corporate citizens” if they force Marriott Marquis employees to work for an event that honors a well-documented bigot. These corporations still have time to prove to the LGBTQ community and allied New Yorkers that hatred has no place in this city and state. We urge Marriott and Host Hotels to cancel the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 “Person of the Year” Gala at the Marriott Marquis immediately. We will be watching.
Petition to Idaho Department of Administration
Boise Pride Won't Go Dark
We consider it a core focus of our organization to create a welcoming, vibrant, and colorful (figuratively and literally) Pride Festival every year for our valued community of LGBTQ+ friends and family, and our allies. That is why we are disappointed to share with you that this year, counter to several years of tradition, our plans to light the Idaho State Capitol building in rainbow colors are being blocked by local government officials.The Department of Administration refused our request after three years of cooperation, quoting “attempts to keep Idaho’s Statehouse a dignified symbol of the state,” an offensive disregard for the impact Pride has for the community. They continued, "it was decided to eliminate colored lighting altogether and be consistent in applying the policy.” Despite having allowed Boise State University, autism awareness, and various breast cancer groups to utilize it for this purpose in the past. We share with these organizations a commonality of being a local cause and nonprofit community institution and should be treated no differently. What may seem a small symbolic act actually stands as one of the most recognizable and anticipated aspects of Boise Pride. Nearly all publications (print and digital) referencing 2018’s festival chose a photo of the Idaho capitol lit up in rainbows as their feature image. The scene stretches far down Capitol Boulevard at night and demonstrates the community’s support throughout the weekend’s festivities. This action sets us back and signals unwelcome feelings to the LGBTQ+ community. On our 30th Anniversary, and in light of exponential growth in attendance year after year, this about-face is timely in all the wrong ways. Including Boise’s, the earliest Pride Festivals were very much protests that demonstrated, in public and in bright, powerful colors, that the queer community was here to stay. 2019 is the 30th Anniversary of Boise Pride’s inception, which began with a tiny parade of masked participants, to protect their identity and ensure safety. This year, the celebration will include fireworks and our biggest entertainment lineup yet, which is projected to draw 75,000 community members and allies. 2019 is also the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the beginning of what is widely known as the gay liberation movement. The irony of this timing, in light of Boise’s and national progress in LGBTQ+ acceptance and visibility, is this action taken on behalf of the state of Idaho. We know our community wants better, and they deserve better. We are asking for support in this time from the community that has supported us for so many years. We feel that putting pressure on this office is critical to show that Pride, in ways big and small, will not back down, and this will not set precedent for the future. Please consider signing this petition and distributing it to friends and family. For our community and our sponsors, Boise Pride’s 30th Anniversary will be everything and more of the exuberance, positivity, and rainbows we promise year after year. --- About Boise Pride Founded in 1989 Boise Pride Festival is set to celebrate its 30th Anniversary this year. Exceptional support from our community has made the festival a stand-out LGBTQ celebration. We strive to promote unity and celebrate the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities, engaging the Boise community year round. We are thrilled to share our most exciting main stage Pride lineup ever to celebrate our 30th anniversary, which coincides with 50 years after the Stonewall Riots. 2019 is a truly historic moment for the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ movement. It’s another year of fabulous headliners, awesome local talent, and, of course, a parade and festival in the park made for showing your colors.We’re also closing out the mainstage Friday night with a fireworks show to light up the Capitol in rainbows - bigger and brighter than ever.Boise Pride Fest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based out of Boise, Idaho. Boise Pride social media pages:Twitter: @boisepride Instagram: @boisepride Facebook: facebook.com/BoisePrideFest/
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 all those who signed Emma Winters's petition against Sister Jane Dominic's lecture
Stand up for Catholic Beliefs
Sister Jane Dominic was invited into the Charlotte Catholic community and it is the duty of the students to treat her with the utmost respect. She shared with us the beauty of masculinity and femininity, and how this affects each of us as we grow and develop. She soon entered topics very controversial, yet topics that need to be taught. This is our platform. We the students of Charlotte Catholic High School, acting on our Catholic beliefs, are declaring a formal objection towards all those who have signed Emma Winters's petition viciously attacking Sister Jane Dominic and Father Kauth for the lecture which took place March 21, 2014. We are disheartened that the topics talked about are being debated within a community where the shared faith teaches us what is truly holy and that anyone would stand up against a nun, who has given her life for the Lord, and blatantly deny God's teachings. What we believe in and stand for are as follows: I. We believe that every human regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation, should be treated with love and respect. II. We do not approve of homosexual marriage or activities, because we understand that it is against the Holy Bible. III. We accept homosexual men and women into our community with open arms. IV. We understand that all of creation sins and that sin is not limited to the homosexual community. V. We love all of God's beautiful creation and do not intend to harm anyone. VI. We state that we have the intelligence to comprehend that Sister Jane Dominic did not condemn homosexuals. VII. We understand that Sister Jane Dominic did not say nor infer that masturbation or the absence of a parent in the home will absolutely cause one to become homosexual. Rather, she said that by partaking in masturbation will lessen one's masculinity and that through the absence of a parent in the home, one will have a greater risk of becoming homosexual. VIII. We believe that it is important to discuss these topics so that the young people of today may better understand righteousness and God's divine will. IX. We believe that it is premier to spread the truth and unite the Catholic Church so that our posterity may have a truer and more deeper understanding of God's perfect plan for our lives. X. We believe that the Charlotte Catholic High School administration only intends to do us well and it holds the right to call us to assembly for what it believes we should hear and know. XI. We understand that it is our duty as Catholics to do our best to keep sin from entering the world. Finally, we state that Jesus has already overcome sin and that no matter the outcome of this topic the Catholic Church has already administered to this and the right answer may be found through her or God. By signing this petition you can help spread the truth and help stand up for righteousness' sake. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness'sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 5:10 If you doubt the Holy Bible and its teaching on homosexual activity please read further. "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; its an abomination." Leviticus 18:22 " 2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. 2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection. 2360 Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament." Catechism of the Catholic Church The purpose of this petition is to help our misguided brothers and sisters in Christ to better understand our Catholic beliefs given to us by Almighty God.
Petition to Los Angeles International Airport
LAX: get rid of the Chick-fil-A
We are looking for a passionate starter to take ownership of this petition. Sound like you? Start here. A report came out recently that showed that Chick-fil-A is still bankrolling anti-LGBTQ causes. Five years ago, they vowed to “treat every person with honor, dignity, and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender.” Guess what? It wasn’t true. This report showed that it sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBTQ organizations in 2015. Just recently, Chick-fil-A lost two airport deals in the last few weeks over this news. We have to keep the momentum going forward: if the Los Angeles International Airport - one of the most traveled through airports in the US - were to end its contract with the restaurant, that would encourage other airports to follow suit and make our voices heard that we won’t stand for hate-fueled chicken. The Chick-fil-A foundation sent more than $1 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which has a strong anti-LGBTQ message. “Homosexual activity” is strictly prohibited among staff and volunteers. The Human Rights Campaign rates Chick-fil-A a zero on LGBTQ inclusive policies. Not only did Chick-fil-A not live up to its promise to stay inclusive, but they are vehemently anti inclusion based on their donation record. Send the message to LAX: get rid of Chick-fil-A now.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Pass the Equality Act
A bill was just introduced that would modify existing civil rights legislation that bans employment, housing, public accommodation, jury service, education, federal programs, and credit discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Even today, in most states, a gay couple can get married, post a photo on social media, and get fired from their jobs for it. This new bill would add “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to the classes protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The 1964 act doesn’t protect discrimination against all protected classes in retail stores, emergency shelters, banks, transit, and pharmacies. This bill would update that. If this bill were to be signed into law, it would be the first national nondiscrimination law for LGBTQ Americans. That is monumental. More than a third of LGBTQ Americans live in the south, but there are no LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws in the south. By enacting the Equality Act, those LGBTQ people living in the south would be protected. They wouldn’t have to worry about losing their jobs for being who they are. If you believe in LGBTQ+ rights, sign and share this petition now.
Petition to Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means, Aaron Michlewitz, Elizabeth A. Malia, Denise C. Garlick, John Barrett, III
Allow a gender "X" on Massachusetts drivers' licenses
Massachusetts recently voted on a bill that would allow the option of selecting an "X" in place of "M" or "F" on a drivers license. This bill was passed by the Massachusetts Senate, but was denied in the House because Representative James J. Lyons, Jr. of Essex added 25 amendments to it, each of which would add a different option for gender in addition to “X” – such as “cisgender female,” “neutrois” or “androgyne,” all of which refer to various permutations of gender. The bill is now sitting in the Massachusetts House of Ways and Means without a sponsor to reintroduce it. Eleven other US states already have laws in place allowing the option of a gender "X" on drivers' licenses. Massachusetts, being one of the more liberal states in the country, has already voted to uphold laws defending the right to use the public bathroom which most closely matches one's gender identity, and it recently became the sixteenth state to ban forced conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ minors. Approving this law would be yet another step in the right direction for Massachusetts, and would prove to LGBTQ+ citizens that they are cared about and valued as members of the community. Representatives Aaron Michlewitz (House Ways and Means Chair), Denise C. Garlick (House Ways and Means Vice Chair), Elizabeth A. Malia (House Ways and Means Assistant Vice Chair), and John Barrett, III have all previously sponsored or co-sponsored bills relating to the LGBTQ+ community. Now, Bill S.2213 has been sent to the exact committee that all three of the aforementioned representatives are part of. If anyone can bring this bill back to the floor by sponsoring it, it would be one of them, so join me in asking these representatives to represent what the people of Massachusetts want!