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LGBT rights

462 petitions

Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to West Hartford Board of Education, Connecticut State Board of Education

Gender neutral bathrooms

Here are some terms to know that might help you to better understand this petition: Transgender: Someone who is transgender does not identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth. Cisgender: Someone who is cisgender does identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth. If you're not trans, you're cis! -  -  - I am a transgender student in a public high school in West Hartford, Connecticut. I made this petition to raise awareness and make change in my community. I propose that West Hartford Public Schools convert all of our bathrooms to gender-neutral bathrooms. This will allow transgender students to be more comfortable and safe going to the bathroom, and to feel more welcome throughout our town and in our public schools. Before you pass judgement on my proposal, please take a moment to read through my below justifications and the sources that I have provided. If you have any additional doubts, feel free to comment on this petition with your question(s). 1. Transgender folks’ safetyTransgender people are often unsafe or uncomfortable in gendered bathrooms (the traditional "women's" and "men's" bathrooms). Further information about this issue can be found through the 2015 US Transgender Survey and this study by the Williams Institute of UCLA. 2. Cisgender folks’ safetyUsing gender neutral bathrooms does not increase the risk of assault or harassment that cisgender people face. There are no existing sources or recorded statistics supporting this information due to the limited number of multi-stall gender-neutral bathrooms in the US, but the only reported issues that cisgender folks have experienced in using gender neutral bathrooms is slight discomfort (that arguably comes with any new experience). 3. “But what about the cost of creating gender-neutral bathrooms?” Making bathrooms gender neutral costs almost nothing at all! We simply have to update the signage on the outside of the bathrooms. The Cooper Union College updated all of their bathrooms to be gender-neutral with this signage system. So, the only cost in updating our bathrooms would be the (relatively low) cost of buying and installing the new signs. Here is another option for changing the bathrooms, that may cost more, but would improve the bathrooms for all WHPS faculty/staff and students. 4. Additional information/resources- While I’m calling for a slightly different action plan for our bathrooms than Jacob Tobia calls for, this op-ed that they wrote for TIME Magazine explains the issue that trans people face very clearly.- The blog “Let Us Pee” has some interesting insights and stories from folks around the country.- This other article from TIME pretty thoroughly and accurately explains the flaws behind the argument that trans people should be required to use the bathroom of their sex assigned at birth.

Devon Shafer
756 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Hawaii State House, Hawaii Governor, Hawaii State Senate

Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors in Hawai'i

Currently in the Aloha State, conversion therapy for minors is legal. Conversion therapy is the barbaric "therapy" treatment aimed at converting lesbians and gays  to heterosexuality as well as transgender individuals to the gender they were miss-assigned at birth. Such treatments are and have been criticized as a form of pseudoscience and torture. By banning conversion therapy for minors will help ensure that LGBT youth know that their sexual orientation and/or gender identity are fine just the way they are and there is nothing to "fix". Here are the side effects from conversion therapy:Depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicidality, substance abuse, stress, disappointment, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and authenticity to others, hostility and blame toward parents, increased self-hatred, feelings of anger and betrayal, loss of friends and potential romantic partners, problems in sexual and emotional intimacy, sexual dysfunction, high-risk sexual behaviors, a feeling of being dehumanized and untrue to self, a loss of faith, and a sense of having wasted time and resources. We need Hawai'i to join the other states that have banned conversion therapy. Those laws are court tested and U.S. Supreme Court approved! The American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of Social Workers have all come out against conversion therapy. This is why we are asking the Hawai'i State Legislature to ban conversion therapy for minors. 

Michael Golojuch Jr
32,684 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Attica Scott, Mitch McConnell, Kentucky State House, Hal Rogers, John Yarmuth, Thomas Massie, Andy Barr, Kim King, Brett Guthrie, Tommy Thompson, Myron Dossett, Rick Rand, John Carney, Tommy Turner, Rocky Adkins

Support House Bill 258 to Ban LGBTQ Conversion Therapy in Kentucky

Currently in the Bluegrass State, conversion therapy for minors is legal. Conversion therapists falsely claim be able to change LGBTQ youth into straight and cisgender youth. Prominent professional health associations—including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among numerous others—oppose the use of conversion therapy on youth, calling the practice harmful and ineffective.  The State of Kentucky introduced House Bill 258 in a bold step to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy in 2018. If successful, Kentucky would be the 10th state to pass legislation limiting the practice though another 40 states still allow this terrible crisis to continue. These efforts are part of the Trevor Projects 50 Bills 50 States campaign to protect youth from conversion therapy across the United States. Conversion therapy is torture. Not only is it ineffective and dangerous for those who endure it, but it also fuels a narrative that LGBTQ people can and should change who they are. We need legislation in Kentucky to ensure not one more LGBTQ youth experiences the life long pain it causes. We the undersigned call on Kentucky Legislators to: support House Bill 258 to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors increase public awareness that attempting to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity can be intensively damaging All major psychological associations speak to the heart of harms that can happen to LGBTQ youth when attempting to discriminate and change their sexual orientation or gender identity. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Clinicians should be aware that there is no evidence that sexual orientation can be altered through therapy, and that attempts to do so may be harmful. There is no empirical evidence adult homosexuality can be prevented if gender nonconforming children are influenced to be more gender conforming. Indeed, there is no medically valid basis for attempting to prevent homosexuality, which is not an illness. On the contrary, such efforts may encourage family rejection and undermine self-esteem, connectedness and caring, important protective factors against suicidal ideation and attempts. Given that there is no evidence that efforts to alter sexual orientation are effective, beneficial or necessary, and the possibility that they carry the risk of significant harm, such interventions are contraindicate ( http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=38417#Section420 ). American Academy of Pediatrics: “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” (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/92/4/631.full.pdf American Medical Association: “Aversion therapy (a behavioral or medical intervention which pairs unwanted behavior, in this case, homosexual behavior, with unpleasant sensations or aversive consequences) is no longer recommended for gay men and lesbians. Through psychotherapy, gay men and lesbians can become comfortable with their sexual orientation and understand the societal response to it" (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=401656 From the National Association of Social Workers: “People seek mental health services for many reasons. Accordingly, it is fair to assert that lesbians and gay men seek therapy for the same reasons that heterosexual people do. However, the increase in media campaigns, often coupled with coercive messages from family and community members, has created an environment in which lesbians and gay men often are pressured to seek reparative or conversion therapies, which cannot and will not change sexual orientation. Aligned with the American Psychological Association’s (1997) position, NCLGB believes that such treatment potentially can lead to severe emotional damage. “ For a comprehensive list of policy and position statements on Conversion Therapy, visit: https://www.hrc.org/resources/policy-and-position-statements-on-conversion-therapy Current Co-Sponsors: Rep. Jim Wayne, Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, and Rep. Kelly Flood. Current Endorsements: The Kentucky Fairness Campaign, The Trevor Project, Kentucky Psychological Association, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the ACLU of Kentucky. Please consider sharing and signing this petition in support of HB 258 to put an end to these harmful practices in Kentucky. For more information on the 50 Bills, 50 States Campaign, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/50Bills50States.  Together we can make Kentucky a safer place for LGBTQ youth.  Don’t forget to call your legislators and ask them to sponsor and vote YES to HB 258! 1-800-372-7181 #50Bills50States #Kentucky #LGBTQ #ProtectLGBTKids #FairnessCampaign #BornPerfect #TrevorProject

Tanner Mobley
2,660 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

Give the youth the rights for justice against bullies!

The youth of America have always gone to school to follow the three "R's": Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, all the things that make going to school very important. Lately, there has been a growing pandemic that has become a frightening trend: The fear of being harassed, harmed or worse by bullies in public schools. The recent tragic events of youth committing suicide due to the harassment by bullies and a even MORE disturbing new trend... cyberbullying. The youth of america are tired of living their life in fear and it is time to give them a voice to stand up against bullying without the usage of violence. Recently a alarming statistic showed that  of the youth who are bullied are that of physically and mentally challenged, here is more statistics that are truly heartbreaking: 1 out of 4 kids is Bullied9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at schoolChild and teen Bullying and Cyberbullying are at an all-time highSome kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them As many as 160,000 students may stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of their bullies and/or they just can’t take the pain anymore 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at schoolA poll of teens ages 12-17 proved that they think violence increased at their schools282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each monthMore youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school (Source: Stompoutbullying.org)  THESE STATISTICS must end and the silence about this must end here and now! We, the youth of america are now asking all, to join us to call upon our congress and senate to support a national anti-bullying legislation law to give students, a voice in the world. An national law to make bullying of any kind illegal would be a historic breakthrough. We, the youth of this country are suggesting that the laws be put into action that would absolutely guarantee that the person causing the bullying would be tried in a student court based upon the codes that would be established across the country. It is also a time to RE-ASSURE that all children 17 years of age and over to know that If the crime is more severe, they would be tried in adult court. And to give those who are the victims of bullies a chance to have a voice to stand up and be heard! We, the youth of the united states of america,being tired of the harm, harassment and mistreatment by bullies based on gender, sexual preference, nationalities,  faith, and more, hereby ask the U.S. House of Representitives to PLEASE make a REAL OFFICIAL NATIONAL Law against bullying and to give the judicial power to the student to try the bullies in a student court of law as well and if they are found guilty, face the penalties according to the school codes.

Christopher Gagliardi
1,472 supporters