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Petition to Sheila Jackson Lee, Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, Steny Hoyer

Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

When I was in high school, I was verbally and sexually abused by members of my family. At 16, I finally gathered enough courage to leave. I was terrified I would not survive and that my abusers would follow me. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allowed me to get a restraining order, which I believe saved my life. But the VAWA — which provides critical services to women across the country — continues to be *temporarily* renewed at each spending bill deadline, but Congress still has not fully reauthorized the bill. The next deadline is December 21st. Will you add your name now to tell the House Judiciary Committee that they must vote to fully reauthorize the VAWA? When I went into the courtroom and told my story to the judge, I was granted a fully enforceable protective order against the abusive members of my family. If they came near me, they would be arrested. The people who had victimized me for my entire life were no longer above the law. With one piece of paper, the government gave me the first step in getting my life and my freedom back. Before the VAWA, the type of access, help and fully enforceable document I was granted simply did not exist. The legislation helps ensure victims who come looking for help are listened to, believed, and given the protection they need to sleep at night and thrive in a life free of their abuser. More often than not, sexual assault victims are not treated as victims. We are treated the opposite — like we did something wrong. We are cross-examined even though we are not on trial. We are doubted first — not believed. We are mocked for our lack of memory, nerves, and PTSD. Rarely are we offered help, assistance, or simply asked if we are OK. The first time this ever changed for me was with my experience seeking a protective order. The legislation passed by the VAWA is helping to bridge the gap between victims and law enforcement; making it easier for them to understand what victims go through and help them accordingly, obtain the resources they need to help, and guarantee the protections that victims deserve and desperately need. Don’t let our country take such a drastic step backward. We have less than three weeks until the next deadline. Call your reps. Demand this legislation be fully reauthorized. Survivor’s protection is not a bargaining chip. Sign this petition to let your representatives know you support survivors and want to make sure they can rely on the protections and resources granted to them in the VAWA.

Jessica Kovac
40,767 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Google, Inc

Google เอาแอปพลิเคชั่นที่สร้างความเข้าใจผิดต่อกลุ่มเพศทางเลือก LGBT ออกจาก Play Store

English version below ทำไม Google ยังปล่อยให้แอปพลิเคชั่น ‘แก้อาการเกย์ (ex-gay)’ อยู่ใน Play store ต่อไป ทั้งๆ ที่แอปนี้พุ่งเป้าไปที่กลุ่มเพศหลากหลาย LGBT ที่เป็นวัยรุ่น และชี้นำพวกเขาด้วยวิธีการบำบัดแก้วิถีทางเพศที่อันตรายและไม่ได้ผล มาช่วยกันบอก Google ให้เอาแอปที่สร้างอคติและตีตราคนกลุ่มเพศหลากหลายออกจาก Play store โดยเร็วที่สุด แอปนี้แย่มากในทุกมิติ มีการเปรียบเทียบอย่างหน้าตาเฉยว่าการชอบเพศเดียวกันก็เหมือนการเสพติด และยังวิจารณ์กลุ่มคน LGBT อย่างเสียๆ หายๆ ว่า “มีวิถีชีวิตแบบทำลายล้าง” อย่างไม่แคร์อะไร Living Hope ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทผู้พัฒนาแอปนี้ใส่เนื้อหาซ้ำๆ ที่ดูถูกว่ากลุ่มคนข้ามเพศ คือพวกที่เป็นโรคสับสนทางเพศ โดยเรียกผู้ชายที่เป็นเกย์ว่า “พวกผู้ชายเพศเสื่อม” ซึ่งสามารถ “หายจากอัตลักษณ์ที่ผิดๆ” นี้ได้ และยังอ้างลอยๆ ว่า “วิถีชีวิตเกย์” นั้นเป็นอันตรายต่อร่างกายและจิตวิญญาณ เมื่อเราทราบข่าว เราได้ติดต่อไปยังบริษัท Apple Microsoft และ Amazon เกี่ยวกับแอปที่สร้างความเกลียดชังนี้ และบริษัททั้งสามก็รีบเอาแอปนี้ออกจากร้านค้าออนไลน์ของตัวเองทันที แต่น่าแปลกใจมากที่เราไม่ได้รับการตอบรับใดๆ จาก Google ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทที่ประกาศว่ามีนโยบายที่เคารพความหลากหลาย ...ขอถามหน่อย ทำไม Google ไม่ทำอะไรเลย? การ ‘แก้อาการเกย์ (ex-gay)’ เป็นเรื่องหลอกลวง เป็นวิธีการที่ไม่ได้ผล ทำลายชีวิตคน และได้รับการประณามโดยทุกองค์กรทางการแพทย์และสุขภาพจิตที่น่าเชื่อถือ สมาคมจิตแพทย์อเมริกันกล่าวว่าการพยายามเปลี่ยนเพศวิถีสามารถนำไปสู่ “อาการวิตกกังวล ซึมเศร้า และพฤติกรรมทำร้ายตัวเอง” ซึ่งรวมถึงการฆ่าตัวตายด้วย แล้วทำไม Google ยังยอมให้มีสินค้าที่โหดร้ายและอันตรายแบบนี้อยู่ในร้านของตัวเอง? โปรดช่วยกันลงชื่อสนับสนุนแคมเปญนี้ เพื่อเรียกร้องให้ Google เลิกผัดวันประกันพรุ่ง และลบแอปนี้ทันที แอปนี้เต็มไปด้วยความเกลียดชัง และหมายหัวล้อเลียนกลุ่ม LGBT ด้วยอคติ ทุกนาทีที่แอปนี้ยังอยู่ในร้านออนไลน์ของ Google เด็กวัยรุ่น LGBT ที่อยู่ในกลุ่มเสี่ยงก็อาจจะดาวน์โหลดได้ทุกเมื่อ จึงต้องดำเนินการให้เร็วที่สุด ----------------------- 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.

Truth Wins Out
45,112 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Aaron Obrochta (Navy), United States Military, Sgt. Abianni, Navy, LT Keide Kerrick Akinola, CAPT Stuart Craig, SFC Camilo Batista, Ronnie L. Simonsen, Air Force

United States Military: Lift the Ban on Transgender People in the Military

Transgender people are banned from joining the military. Sign this petition to help get the ball rolling: https://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-military-lift-the-ban-on-transgender-people-in-the-military We need as many people as possible to support this cause in order to show the government this is an important cause. "Don't ask don't tell" isn't over yet. The military still discriminates against transgender people. Don't ask don't tell only affected sexual orientation. Gender Dysphoria is now the classification in the DSW medical book so the military has no reason to discriminate based on the fact that a mental health diagnosis can prevent transgender people from serving in the military. Unfortunately, at this time they can prevent transgender people from serving in the United Stated military. Add transgender people the the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. Let equal rights and safety for all transgender people be possible! Don't ask, don't tell needs to be repealed for all, including transgender individuals. All transgender people deserve the same rights as every other United States citizen serving the country. Be that serving openly in the military, marrying the person they love or just walking down the street without risking being beaten or killed just because we live our lives differently than thinks is the "proper" way.Here are some articles about it: The New DADT: The Military's Ban on Transgender Service: http://outservemag.com/2012/01/the-new-dadt-the-militarys-ban-on-transgender-service/ and http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/10/for-transgendered-soldiers-dont-ask-dont-tell-carries-on/264225/ About one in 11,000 male babies and one in 30,000 female babies are born with Dysphoria. There are approximately 700,000 Transgender adults in the U.S., and about 15,450 service members who identify as transgender — 8,800 active, 6,650 in the National Guard and reserves, and 134,350 veterans. About 20% of the roughly 700,000 Transgender people in the United States have been a part of the military at some point in time. Transgender folks have served in every conflict in our nation’s history. One in five Transgender adults have served in the Armed Forces. Nearly one in ten Transgender Veterans report having been discharged due to their gender identity. Transgender people make up 0.6% of the 21.8 million U.S. Veterans; roughly 1 in 200. As of December 2013, being Transgender in the U.S. military is considered a psychological disorder and is grounds for dishonorable discharge. In 2013, the Veterans Affairs Department treated 2,567 Veterans with the diagnosis of gender dysphora with transgender-specific care, according to Ndidi Mojay, a V.A. spokeswoman. In sharp contrast, while Transgender people are prohibited from serving openly in the United States, thirteen foreign countries allow open transgender military service, in some capacity. These countries are: Australia Brazil Belgium Canada Czech Republic Israel Netherlands New Zealand Spain Sweden Thailand United Kingdom Uruguay There are hundreds of reports and statistics from our allies in which transgender service has had no impact; very similar to our own experiences with the repeal of DADT. http://defglis.com.au/guides/GenderTransition.pdfwww.hrc.org/documents/HRC-Workplace-Gender-Transition-Guidelines.pdfwww.wpath.orgwww.wipeouttransphobia.com/myth-buster/My dad always dreamed of me joining the Coast Guard. As a kid, like passing by, he'd be like "That’s the Coast Guard. They pay for school and its fun." So, it stuck. Passing by the Coast Guard with my dad was just as important as going to a nature walk with him, because he was concerned about my future, and those times I’ll never forget. Please sign the petition to help his dream and mine for other transgender people come true. This is why we need to change this regulation. www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/for-transgender-service-members-concept-of-dont-ask-dont-tell-remains-a-reality/2014/04/26/c0597936-ccb6-11e3-93eb-6c0037dde2ad_story.html

Jason Bartlett
4,660 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, Frank Pallone Jr., Joseph P. Kennedy III

Tell the House Subcommittee on Health to make PrEP a part of preventative care

I became a "new case of HIV" in 1991. Most of my friends who contracted HIV (10 to 15 years before me) are dead now. But BECAUSE of them, by 1996, I was on HAART (the cocktail of drugs) that has kept me alive & healthy. Today, there’s a proven way to prevent new cases of HIV, it’s called PrEP, and if it had been available to me & my friends, they wouldn't be dead & I wouldn't have been a "new HIV case." We can end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. HELP ME! The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced that PrEP (aka: Truvada, one of the drugs I take) should be offered by doctors as a major form of HIV prevention. But there’s a huge hurdle to getting on PrEP - the cost. Without insurance, a 30-day supply of PrEP can cost roughly $1,700. Even with insurance, the costs can be prohibitive. But the House Subcommittee on Health can do something about it, they can make PrEP a part of preventative care. This would mean patients could get PrEP for free, no matter the cost. Tell the House to make PrEP a free and essential part of preventative care!The Task Force found that many physicians aren’t offering PrEP for HIV prevention because of the high cost. Once completed, their report will be going to the House Subcommittee on Health and could help expand existing coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but HIV prevention should go further. An estimated 15% of people with HIV don’t know they have it. In the U.S., HIV rates are actually increasing among Latino and African American men. Southern states had half of all new HIV cases in 2016. With novel preventative drugs like PrEP, countless lives could be saved. Also at risk Women, traditionally ignored in HIV prevention policy, would be benefit if we Demanded that the House make PrEP an essential part of preventative care. In the U.S., 1.2 million people are at high risk of contracting HIV, but only about 80,000 of them had access to PrEP in 2016. That same year, there were 40,000 new cases of HIV in the United States. If high risk people use PrEP everyday, it can reduce their chances of getting HIV from 70-90%. Lives are at stake. Tell the House Subcommittee on Health to make PrEP an essential part of preventative care. No one should lose a friend or relative to complications from HIV/AIDS. Tell the House to make PrEP free. If we ACT TODAY we can end HIV/AIDS. 

Will Scheffer
24,729 supporters