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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
59,448 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
2,956 supporters