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LGBT rights

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Petition to Orange County Government

Stop LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy in Orange County!

In a county so heavily populated with LGBTQ+ individuals it has come as a shock that it is still legal for so-called ‘conversion therapy’ to exist and be utilized on Orange County residents. For those unaware of what this means, conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual. In addition, it has been utilized on members of our transgender community to try to change their gender identity. Not only is this practice outright despicable but it poses great and immeasurable harm to its victims, is fraudulent and ultimately dangerous and sometimes fatal. Conversion therapy focuses heavily on the youth of our community due to their vulnerability and potential lack of control due to parental incorporation. This focus has been tragically proven to lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, self-harm and even suicide (a rising problem in the LGBTQ+ community). Research shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were more than eight times more likely to report having attempted suicide, more than five times more likely to report high levels of depression, and more than three times more likely to use illegal drugs compared with their peers. Now factor into this the potential to be sent away for conversion therapy and this only compounds those statistics. No reputable research has found that conversion therapy can be effective. So-called reparative therapy practices have been debunked by mainstream medical and mental health organizations - including the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics: Medical and Psychiatric Associations on Conversion Therapy American Psychological Association “advises parents, guardians, young people, and their families to avoid sexual orientation change efforts that portray homosexuality as a mental illness or developmental disorder and to seek psychotherapy, social support, and educational services that provide accurate information on sexual orientation and sexuality, increase family and school support, and reduce rejection of sexual minority youth.” The American Psychiatric Association “opposes any psychiatric treatment such as reparative or conversion therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that a patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation.” The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated: “Therapy directed at specifically changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.” The Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization, has stated that these practices “lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people.” World Psychiatric Association “considers same-sex attraction, orientation, and behavior as normal variants of human sexuality... It acknowledges the lack of scientific efficacy of treatments that attempt to change sexual orientation and highlights the harm and adverse effects of such ‘therapies.” Local organizations focused on the LGBTQ+ community have also stood in opposition of this dangerous practice. Leaders at Equality Florida, One Orlando Alliance, Orlando Youth Alliance and Zebra Coalition have spoken out against conversion therapy. These organizations are the cornerstone of the LGBTQ+ community and have a large focus on supporting the health and well-being of the youth of that community. I have asked they be a part of this petition to lend their voice to my own and to our collective ask to end conversion therapy. This is our fight.  Orange County was once home to the now-defunct Exodus International, which managed a worldwide network of conversion therapy practices before its president renounced conversion therapy as harmful and ineffective. Former leaders from Exodus International now stand with us in calling for the ban.  With Orlando and the surrounding cities responding in a ‘love wins’ mentality I am charging each of you to sign this petition to end this unsafe and dangerous practice in Orange County.  This is our opportunity to make a small change in our backyard that could impact the bigger picture for conversion therapy bans in other counties and across the state. We must ask our county officials to listen, step up to our collective voice, and make the motion to end this practice of conversion therapy. We must end the risk to minors of having conversion therapy conducted on them. Our LGBTQ+ youth are born perfect, and they should not be forced into ‘therapy’ that is unfounded, debunked, and dangerous. Let’s end this today and put more love into Orange County!  In an effort to propel this petition, my close friend Eric Rollings is taking a lead on coordination of these efforts that may result from our collective voice in this ban to end conversion therapy in Orange County. He may be reached at Eric@MainframeRE.com and 407-256-2470. In solidarity,  Andrew Chang

Andrew Chang
9,624 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Maurice Gallagher, Federal Aviation Administration, Tracy Tulle, Allegiant Air, Allen Thieman, Camille Campbell, Cynthia Pate, Joseph Lee, John Taylor, Diana Pinero, Robert Marin, Haunani Binder, Cristal Vega, Matthew Bengston, Theresa Wilhoite, Jason Sikkila, Carol Majors, Anne Isenhour, Patricia Barnett, Rebecca Henry, Kendall Forbes, Melissa Weinberg, Johnny Sells

Help us force Allegiant Air management to end workplace homophobia and discrimination

As many of you know, my husband Joey and I have been in a lengthy battle with some homophobic management at Allegiant for about two years now, after losing our jobs due to our perceived HIV status and the fact that we are a same sex couple. Within the last few days, we have been informed of the homophobic behavior continuing. There are still currently pilots at Allegiant Air that are referring to flight attendants as 'fags', 'hags’, and 'trannies'. I am attaching the messages (in this petition) that I received as evidence. This has all been reported to Allegiant management many times, yet they are refusing to address the issue and put an end to the rampant discrimination that happened to my husband and I there and is continuing to happen. During my employment as a flight attendant at Alleigant, there was a pilot there that stated in writing he "would take Johnny down and make him burn" as well as that "Johnny wont know what hit him when I'm finished." I've also received a death threat from a fellow coworker that was posted online. Given the current political climate in our country, please consider standing with us and helping us force Allegiant executives to confront this widespread problem and put an end to it once and for all. 

Johnny Sells
178 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to State Of South Carolina Legislature, South Carolina, DHEC, SC legislature, SC DHEC, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

South Carolina, add a gender neutral marker X

We ask the South Carolina Legislature to amend the laws regarding gender markers on legal documents to include, but not limited to, Drivers' Licenses and State Identifications, Birth Certificates, etc. The change requested is to allow a gender neutral option as well as streamlining the process by which gender markers on legal documents and identifications are changed. The best way to accomplish this is via legislative action where anyone can update their gender without discrimination and legal blockades. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maryland, Minnesota, Arkansas, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. have all amended to laws to consider the rights of transgender and intersex people. South Carolina needs to join them.  Science has proven and continues to prove that intersex, transgender, and nonbinary people are born the way they are and this needs to be reflected in their legal status. This can have a great many disadvantages if there isn't another gender option. It may affect employment, medical care, court cases, property purchases, rentals and any other aspects of their lives. More disturbingly, the news is filled with stories of transgender people being attacked and murdered. We must do what we can to include them in society and this would be a big step in the right direction. Not accommodating them is a violation of their basic human rights as well as Constitutional rights of protection.

Reagen Desilets
70 supporters