Petition to Central Washington University
Consequences For On Campus Hate Crime
PHOTO IS A STOCK IMAGE Copy-paste of letter to superintendent: I am sure that you have noticed that recently the Pride flag in the SURC was stolen. And while I do not have direct screenshots, I have been told on multiple instances that this flag was stolen and burned by freshman/sophomore standing student (Redacted). He broadcasted both him stealing the flag and burning the flag with the caption “good riddance” onto his snapchat story and I am sure that if you were to reach out to the broader CWU community, you could find someone confirming this and/or screenshots of this occurrence. Free speech while important does not excuse this behavior. At best, this is destruction of Central Washington University property and at worst is a blatant hate crime. I believe that everyone should have the right to express their beliefs without consequences but the second that they attack a minority group in such a violent way, I do believe that it is the responsibility of Central Washington to provide consequences for these actions. As Central has been deemed, “one of the best schools for LGBTQ+ students” I truly urge you to stick up for the LGBTQ+ students who have felt attacked and degraded by (Redacted) actions. Burning of the Pride flag has led to court convictions such as arson in the third degree as well as harassment in the third degree due to it being a hate crime. While I am not asking for this to be pursued in a court of law, I am asking that there are academic consequences for this action, be it removal of scholarship money, suspension, or expulsion. This is a heinous act and there must be consequences for his actions if this school wants to promote a safe environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Petition to NASA, International Astronomical Union
Name TOI-1338 b in honor of SOPHIE
Sophie Xeon, known mononymously as SOPHIE, was a highly influential singer, songwriter, and producer who was a great inspiration to the LGBTQIA+ community. Her messages, actions, and music left an insurmountable impression on many LGBTQIA+ individuals. She always pushed a message of individuality and expressing your true self which resonated throughout everything she did. SOPHIE tragically passed away Saturday, January 30th, 2021 around 4:00 AM EET, in Athens, Greece after an accident while attempting to see the full moon. This event has devastated her fanbase, which had looked up to her for inspiration. A fanbase that took her messages and ran with them, further spreading her influence. When artist renditions of TOI 1338 b (a circumbinary exoplanet discovered by Wolf Cukier and fellow scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center) were featured in the press following the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu, many fans noticed the similarities between the interpretations and the aesthetic sense of SOPHIE’s visual work, specifically the cover for her 2018 album Oil of Every Pearl’s UnInsides. I am requesting, at the discretion of the incredible scientists who discovered the planet, that TOI 1338 b be named in honor of the great LGBT+ influence, SOPHIE. Her fans would love to pay homage by having her name be remembered in this way and for her influence to continue to flourish for years to come.
Petition to Uber, Door Dash, grub hub, Postmates
Stop delivery sites from selling Chick Fil A
Chick Fil A is and always will be a homophobic restaurant. During the national pandemic millions of people have exchanged their usual method of eating out for eating in through delivery services. Allowing restaurants worldwide to stay open and continue to serve citizens safely. This pride month the major delivery corporations have posted at least a meaningless post about pride. Those can be seen at the bottom. I propose a meaningful way for these sites to impact the LGBTQ+ community. Removing Chick fil A as a restaurant option and cutting off a large revenue stream at least until real change is made. Boycotts and protests Many people have boycotted the establishment, kiss ins, and protests have happened all around the nation but despite the efforts, the popular chain has barely suffered. People should continue to be vigilant in their boycotts but we need a new approach. You may have seen recent news saying that Chick fil a has promised to stop donating to homophobic groups. But Chick-fil-A has promised to cut ties with anti-LGBTQ charities before. In 2012, the Chicago-based Civil Rights Agenda issued a statement claiming that Chick-fil-A had promised to “no longer give to anti-gay organizations, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for marriage.” In 2017 Chick Fil A was reported for donating to anti-gay groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Salvation Army, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home through its foundation. Doordash Uber eats Grubhub Postmates
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 Unicode, Apple, Google, Inc, Microsoft
Add Progress LGBTQ Pride Flag to all Emoji Banks
I want Unicode, Apple, Google, and Microsoft to add the Progress LGBTQ Pride Flag Emoji to all the Emoji banks because we have the Rainbow flag and the Transgender emojis on the list already. We need to add the Progress LGBTQ Pride flag because it would be more inclusive.
Petition to Michigan State Senate, Tom Barrett, Jim Runestad, Roger Victory, Jon Bumstead, John Bizon, Kevin Daley, Rick Outman, Aric Nesbitt, Kimberly LaSata, Michael MacDonald, Dale Zorn, Curtis VanderWall
Keep Trans Kids in Sports Aligned With Their Gender Identity
I am a young transgender person living in Michigan; I refuse to stand by and watch my elected officials push a bill that is so blatantly transphobic. Being trans* in any capacity can be a daunting and scary experience, let alone in a state with conservative-majorities both in the government and in the population. Every day I walk out my door, I have the nagging worry that I might not come home safe or possibly at all. I will use my voice to speak out against injustices for not only myself and my fellow trans* individuals, but for those who no longer can.Senate Bill 0218 (2021) aims to prohibit trans students from participating in sports based on their gender identity, but instead require that only those assigned male at birth may participate on boy's/men's teams and only those assigned female at birth may participate on girl's/women's teams. This bill would not only alienate an already marginalized and endangered group of people, but will greatly impact students' mental health and take away a safe space for students to freely exist outside of school. Senator Theis argues that allowing transgender girls and women to participate in sports for girls/women goes against Title IX; she goes on to say "Identity politics threatens all that was sacrificed and gained." (quoted from Detroit Free Press, Mar 10 2021). A main argument of conservatives and transphobes is that cisgender women and girls are losing opportunities, using a lawsuit against school districts in Connecticut that directly targets two transgender athletes that have won a combined 15 state championship races between 2017 and 2020. The lawsuit argues that the two students "deprived [cisgender girls] of track titles and scholarship opportunities." (quoted from Associate Press, Feb 12 2020). An important thing to remember: transgender girls and women are just that - girls and women. The Connecticut case is currently awaiting a decision, with the two transgender students issuing statements standing up for their rights to compete in sports aligning with their gender identity. Beyond this case, there are little to no instances of transgender athletes improperly winning awards or having an unfair advantage over their cisgender counterparts. Don't allow Michigan to be added to the growing list of states that place further restrictions on transgender individuals, speak up against the continued mistreatment and discrimination that transgender people of all ages face.
Petition to Kyle McColly
Demand Upper Sandusky Mayor McColly Continue Pride Month Proclamation
For the last few years, Upper Sandusky has recognized its LGBTQ community with a Pride Month proclamation for the month of June. For many in our community, this has been not only a source of pride, but also a heartwarming note for themselves. Whether they’re older or younger, many in our community benefit from this simple show of support. A new mayor is in office this year and unfortunately Mayor McColly REFUSES to issue a proclamation, citing being “more selective” in proclamations he issues. This is incredibly damaging to many in our community after years of support. To have that support taken away is a punch in the gut to the youth who live in homes that don’t accept them, the elderly too afraid to be themselves and the many allies in the community who support us. We must demand that Mayor McColly reverse his decision and clearly explain his “selective” criteria and why that criteria does not include members of the LGBTQ community in Upper Sandusky. We must also ask our local businesses leaders to speak out to the Mayor and demand the same. Discrimination is not good business for anyone and showing support is vital to good business while attracting new people to our community. Please be respectful, but firm when you demand that Mayor McColly reverse his decision on not issuing a pride mont proclamation. Upper Sandusky Mayor’s Office: 419-294-3862 Upper Sandusky Mayor’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Twitch
more global twitch pride emotes
twitch currently only has only 9 pride hearts but there are so many more that should be included some of them being, aromantic, demigender/girl/boy, abrosexual, agender, etc. In addition the emote titles "gayPride" is the rainbow flag which is now a flag for the entirety of the lgbtqia+ community. So the gay flag should be changed to the ocean gay flag, and the rainbow flag should be renamed to lgbtqPride, as it represent the whole community. Many people have expressed that they feel left out without their pride flags including me, I myself am agender and don't have the agender flag to use in twitch chats. So adding these emotes will help many many people feel included in the twitch community and will help bring all of us together. just adding some common pride flags would help so many people feel like they belong. here are some of the most common pride flags that people want added: 1. agender 2. demisexual 3. Demiboy/girl/gender 4. aromantic 5. abrosexual 6. tricix 7. toric 8. neptunic 9. uranic 10. polysexual 11. omnisexual 12. polyamorous 13. gender queer 14. unlabeled And finally changing the gay flag to the ocean gay flag, and renaming the the gay flag currently to from gayPride to lgbtqPride.