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LGBT rights

529 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Jens Spahn, Katarina Barley, Bundesregierung, Abgeordnete des Bundestages

Ban Conversion Therapy ("Gay Cure") in Germany - NOW!

 English | German (Picture description: Man sitting on a sofa in front of a rainbow colored wall, with his hand in front of his face. Caption: BAN "GAY HEALING" IN GERMANY) #queersneednohealing The Conversion Therapy, also called "Gay Healing" is an inhuman "form of therapy" for queer people to be "turned straight". When I came out at 17, I knew for a long time that I was more attracted to men than to women. The process of saying "Mom or Dad, I'm gay." took me three years. I am very grateful that my family and friends support me and that my coming out has been mostly positive. But many of the coming outs are not that easy. Many are rejected by their parents, contacts with friends break off, their world is turned upside-down. However, it gets even worse when parents entrust their children with so-called "gay-healers" who pretend to be able to cure children and adolescents of homosexuality, to turn them "normal". The methods for doing so are manifold and partially cause lifelong serious mental and physical harm that irreversibly and inevitably impacts the future of those affected by it. According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Panorama, Tagesspiegel, Zeit and Bento, the methods range from nacked dances to drumbeats and ice-cold showers to talking therapies that are supposed to make the “affected person” aware that their sexual orientation is wrong. In extreme cases, the "patient" is shown videos of homosexual acts, causing physical pain. Thereby their own homosexuality should be associated with pain. It's time to put an end to it. In the European Union this “form of therapy” - among experts referred to as “reparative or reorientation therapy”- is currently only banned in Malta and in certain regions of Spain. The German government just recently rejected the ban in March 2017. However the German Medical Association as well as a large number of physicians and experts have been denunciating this form of therapy for years. We call on the responsible Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn (CDU) and the responsible Federal Minister for Law and Consumer Protection, Katharina Barley (SPD) and every member of parliament as well as every member of the German Federal Parliament to take action against the psychological and mental assault by the so-called "Gay-healing"! In a tolerant, progressive country like Germany, this practice should neither be exercised nor allowed!  

Lucas Hawrylak
59,549 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Food and Drug Administration, Donald Trump, President of the United States, Brian Higgins

Encourage the FDA to Review Blood Donation Policies that discriminate against Gay & Bi men.

The FDA's Current Guidance on Blood Donations for Gay and Bi-Sexual men is discriminatory and arbitrary leaving countless healthy donors unable to do so.It needs to be reviewed and updated to reflect current science and HIV testing capabilities to determine one individual donor's risk to the donor pool. And each unit of blood donated in the U.S. is routinely screened for various infectious disease pathogens, including five transfusion–transmitted viruses, using nine laboratory tests which makes the restrictions on donations by gay and bi men unnecessary and discriminatory. Jordan's Journey: Worthless is how I felt after I went to donate blood in October of 2015 shortly after I found out that I have Fatty Liver-Disease, a disease that often requires a liver transplant later in life. I wanted to pay it forward in case I would need a transplant and the accompanying blood transfusions, but I was turned away. At the time, I was unaware of the FDA’s guidance that indefinitely deferred gay & bi-sexual men, or men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood. I felt as if I was a 2nd class citizen - as if my blood was not worth anything. Outraged by this policy, I began researching the issue and founded the “Blood is Blood” movement. On December 14th, 2015 I planned a community rally in Buffalo, N.Y. with Congressman Brian Higgins, to push for a change to the policy that is discriminatory towards gay & bi-sexual men - leaving countless healthy donors unable to do so. Shortly after the Community Rally, in January 2016, the FDA released an updated guidance on this policy, replacing the lifelong ban with a 12-month deferral period. The revised guidance removed the blanket discrimination and merely applied a bandage. The revised guidance is still discriminatory towards the gay & bi-sexual community and while a step in the right direction it was not enough. In June 2016, my heart (like many) was stricken by the hate and violence of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. I, like many, wanted to help my community and donate blood. People flooded blood banks all over the country to donate lifesaving blood to help those injured. While many gay & bi-sexual men were unaware of the FDA policy, they showed up to to donate and were turned away. At this point, I knew that something had to change. We cannot keep having this conversation after every mass shooting or disaster about how this policy leaves countless healthy donors unable to save lives. I had to act, so I contacted the American Red Cross in Buffalo, NY and organized the First Gay Alliance Blood drive that took place on July 27th, 2016 with the mission to raise awareness and spark conversation about this absurd policy. I encouraged men whom were prevented from donating (due to being gay or bi-sexual) to bring a friend to donated on their behalf, as this way lives can still be saved. I started this movement to save lives and affect change. That day was amazing as 53 donors came forth and helped save over 159 lives. I decided to make this an annual event and at the 2nd annual Gay Alliance Blood drive on July 26th, 2017, I vowed a year of celibacy so I could become a blood donor in 2018. Abstaining from sex for a year would be difficult, but I did so to spark a community conversation about the FDAs antiquated guidance.. Last month, my year of celibacy came to end and I proudly donated blood at the 3rd Annual Gay Alliance Blood Drive - a milestone for me, an accomplishment at least It felt like at the time, after all, I donated blood, right? It was not that simple; I soon realized that nothing had changed. I was still that gay man whose blood was not good enough unless I stopped living my life. My year abstaining from sex was very difficult. There was many nights I felt depressed and closed off from the world, afraid that I would put myself in a situation that would ruin my year celibacy. I cut off contact with men whom I had feelings for, essentially putting my life on hold. While I do not regret my year of celibacy, with the FDA’s guidance that requires gay & bi-sexual men to abstain from sex for 12 months is detrimental to the mental health of the gay & bi-sexual community. In 2016, the FDA said they would continually review this policy, since then, nothing has changed. The policy should be based on one individual donor risks based on current science. The deferral period should be no longer than 30 days. Current testing technology enables an HIV infection to be detected in donated blood within several weeks of exposure. Even those subjected to the deferral period should be screened by their individual sexual history, not discriminated towards because they belong to one group. This is similar to the policy adopted in Italy in 2001 where donors are assessed individually with questionnaires and face-to-face interviews. Currently, The Williams Institute calculates that there could be at least an additional 600,000 MSM potential - saving over 1,800,000 lives annually if there was no 12 month deferral period. At the local Gay Alliance Blood Drives I have planned, there would have had an additional 134 donors, saving an estimated 402 lives! I encourage you to do your part by contacting local state and federal officials about this antiquated policy and learn more about “Blood is Blood” and our mission at http://bloodisblood.us

Blood is Blood
468 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Pacific Islands Forum

Decriminalize and Protect the Rights of LGBTI People in the Pacific Islands Now!

As Pacific LGBTI leaders and allies with a view to the protection and promotion of human rights of gender and sexual minorities in the Pacific Islands, we respectfully call on the Pacific Islands Forum, the region's premier inter-governmental policy organisation, to immediately introduce supportive policies to ensure that all of its members uphold the values of its mission “to support full inclusivity, equity and equality for all people of the Pacific.” Seven of the 18 Forum member states* maintain colonial-era laws that criminalize the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people**, threatening gender diverse citizens with harsh penalties, including but not limited to imprisonment, whipping and other corporal punishments. Regardless of enforcement, such laws reinforce negative attitudes that enable an environment of persecution and harm to all LGBTI citizens in the Pacific. On behalf of all LGBTI citizens, and their families, friends, and allies, we respectfully call on the Pacific Islands Forum Chair, Leaders, and Member States to: Establish a process that leads to full legal protections for all LGBTI citizens in all member states, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the commitment to “Leave No One Behind”; Enforce a policy of full decriminalisation of colonial-era and other laws that restrict the freedom of expression of Pacific LGBTI citizens; Denounce homophobic and transphobic prejudice and discrimination, and lead the way by ensuring that the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat develops employment policies that protect its LGBTI, gender & sexual minority employees; Include gender & sexual minorities in leadership positions and in decision-making processes Because of existing discriminatory legislative provisions, LGBTI people in the Pacific face severe challenges and suffer disproportionate discrimination and abuse. They are rejected by their families, kicked out of their homes, bullied, and pushed out of school. Too many LGBTI people are jobless, homeless, without healthcare, and struggling to survive, including LGBTI Pacific citizens that migrate to Australia and New Zealand. The situation of transgender men and women is even worse. They have higher rates of homelessness, poverty and hunger. For individuals and their families, this is a personal tragedy. For society, it is a shameful waste of human talent, ingenuity and economic potential. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION TO HELP MAKE THE PACIFIC FREE AND EQUAL FOR ALL.  THANK YOU! *The Pacific Islands Forum member states are: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. **Some Pacific Islands Gender Diversity Terms include: Leiti or fakaleiti (Tonga), Fa’afafine (Samoa, American Samoa, and Tokelau), Fakafifine (Niue), Akava’ine (Cook Islands), Māhū (Tahiti and Hawai'i), Aikane (Hawai'i) Vakasalewalewa (Fiji), Palopa (Papua New Guinea), Ira tāngata, Takatāpui,Tangata ira tāne, Whakawahine, hinehī, hinehua (Maori). Sponsored by Leitis in Waiting Pacific Equality Project - Pacific Human Rights Initiative - Tonga Leitis Association - Pacific Sexual & Gender Diversity Network

Leitis in Waiting Pacific Equality Project
3,032 supporters