Petition to U.S. Senate
Support the Equality Act
HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created this petition to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Robert Menendez, Bill Pascrell Jr., Patrick Pizzella, Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Lamar Alexander, Patty Murray, Susan A. Davis, Joe Courtney, Frederica S. Wilson, Suzanne Bonamici, Mark Takano, Alma S. Adams, Pramila Jayapal, Mark DeSaulnier, Donald Norcross, Ilhan Omar, Joaquín Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Tammy Baldwin, Christopher Murphy, Tim Kaine, Margaret Wood Hassan, Tina Smith, Doug Jones, Jacky Rosen
Stop Trump from stripping away our rights due to religion, sexuality, race, etc.
“The Trump administration on Wednesday formally proposed a new rule to let businesses with federal contracts cite religious objections as a valid reason to discriminate against their workers on the basis of LGBTQ status, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, and other characteristics — thereby skirting worker protections created by past presidents. The move marks President Donald Trump’s latest effort to weaken the civil rights of minorities with ambiguous rules that grant agencies wide discretion to let companies off the hook when accused of discrimination” (Explanation Article). President Trump is attacking the core values of our country and blatantly undermining the very same constitution in which he swore to uphold. He has proven over time that if he is unable to pass a law than he will seek alternative routes to obtain his goal such as creating agency rules or executive orders that never should have been. Please sign this petition so that we may restore our checks and balances system as well as our basic human rights.
Petition to U.S. Senate
Preserve LGTBQ History: grant Marsha P. Johnson a holiday
Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson is one of the great heroes of LGBTQ history, and making her birthday a day that we reflect on our history, community and shared values would truly honor her legacy. Andy Warhol immortalized her. RuPaul called her “the true Drag Mother who paved the way for all of us.” New Yorkers referred to her as the Queen of Christopher Street for decades. She was one of the first Stonewall patrons to resist during the Stonewall uprisings in 1969. She always wore flowers in her hair, and she always had a smile for everyone. In the spirit of Marsha’s legacy, the GHOST Project provides both support and empowerment to members of the transgender community who are struggling to overcome and survive in a world that does not celebrate us. We learned how to care for community from Marsha, who made this road we walk on every day.
Petition to Amazon, Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos
Amazon: Stop selling gay “cure” books
“Gay cures” don’t work. And moreover, they’re incredibly damaging to the victims. Every reputable medical and mental health organization around world condemns conversion therapy. 14 states have banned the practice on minors. Meanwhile, Amazon willfully provides a platform for this practice to spread. In July, Amazon removed some conversion therapy books from its site, but many are still available for purchase. Amazon’s decision to keep these books up is risking the lives of LGBT youth. The American Psychiatric Association found these so-called therapies lead to anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behavior. Youths who have undergone conversion therapy are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide. Join us in asking Amazon to take decisive action by creating a clear policy to no longer allow conversion therapy books on its site. Your voice is more important than ever. Shortly after Amazon took action in July, anti-LGBT groups and even elected officials began to pressure the company to bring them back. If Amazon folds to their pressure, it sets a dangerous precedent that LGBT rights don’t matter.
Petition to Facebook , Godaddy.com
Shut Down ActivistMommy's Harmful Speech!
Attention: Facebook and GoDaddy.com We, the undersigned, call to your organizations to permanently remove Activist Mommy-Elizabeth Johnston from your servers. Elizabeth Johnston has utilized her platform to spread hate speech that is harmful to gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender and queer community members, including spreading vicious lies and outdated troupes that we are harmful to children. By continuing to allow Johnston access to her platform via Facebook and via GoDaddy.com, you are directly enabling vitriol hate speech that is known to lead to hate crimes, fear and suicide within the community. As of 2019, there have already been 15 black transgender women whose lives have been taken by hate. Further, hate crimes against gay men and transgender individuals have seen an overall uptick. While Johnston can’t take credit for these increases individually, her hateful attacks are part of the fuel that builds the hateful fire. Since Johnston has been popularizing LGBT hate, several events have been shut down under the old school guise of protecting children, such as gay proms and drag queen story hours. Johnston has embolden and empowered anti-LGBT extremists to call and harass businesses and entities for supporting gay and trans acceptance, including harassing phone calls and organizing protests. Johnston’s First Amendment rights only protect her from government persecution and does not protect her in free enterprise. As such, Facebook and GoDaddy.com should utilize their corporate ethics to ban her speech from their servers and do so permanently. GoDaddy.com has previously been under fire for hosting Neo-Nazis and responded by removing those pages from their servers after outrage. GoDaddy.com should learn from this lesson and not tolerate hate speech towards gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, who are in a critical and vulnerable place teetering between acceptance and returning to the closet. Facebook has also been under fire for allowing Neo-Nazis and outright hate speech to thrive on their servers, while blocking, suspending and banning activists, especially black women, who are simply speaking out against hate and oppression. Facebook must reprioritize by eliminating the voices of white supremacists and hatemongers.Now is the time to be on the right side of history. Johnston’s rhetoric is as old as time but it must be taken seriously. Due to the hate spouted out by people like Johnston, and the array of oppression and discrimination in the community, LGBT youth still remain at a high risk of suicide. It is your responsibility to protect LGBT youth and stand up to hate speech.
Petition to Jan Tritten
Demand Midwifery Today end discriminatory policies at conferences: let LGBTQ people speak!
Midwifery Today’s 2020 conference, titled ‘Sharing Birth Culture,’ chose to book a venue with an explicit policy banning LGBTQ people and speakers. From the venue’s policy guidelines: “Policies: All guest groups shall honor Biblical standards of conduct. This includes, but is not limited to refraining from the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, firearms, explosives, profanity, secular music and videos, and immodest clothing, and refraining from practicing or condoning sexual activity outside of the relationship of marriage between a man and woman.” Because Midwifery Today chose this location with this discriminatory policy, LGBTQ speakers are not allowed to participate in the conference. Moreso, choosing a venue with these policies send a clear message to LGBTQ midwives that we are not welcomed at Midwifery Today’s conference and that our voices do not matter (not to mention any midwife that has have had sex outside of heterosexual marriage or midwifed for parents that weren’t legally married, who also may be in violation of the venue’s morality clause). Additionally, at a conference devoted to Sharing Birth Culture with topics of discussion such as Respect in Midwifery and A Day on Trauma and Healing, all but two of this conference's speakers are white women and none are LGBTQ. This was discovered through the conference’s facebook group in the chat pictured above. In recent years, the midwifery community has made progress on centering the needs of black and brown midwives and LGBTQ midwives and the ways we can best serve our communities. Both MANA and NACPM are offering free memberships to people of color and LBGTQ midwives and midwifery students, and NACPM has created the Bigger Table Fund to assist midwives from marginalized communities pay for licensing exams. Midwifery Today’s choice of venue is discriminatory, callous, and behind the times. Exclusionary policies based on race, sexual orientation, or lifestyle have no place in the midwifery community. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that midwives be at the forefront of birth justice. Therefore we are demanding Midwifery Today join the rest of the midwifery community in prioritizing marginalized communities by: Moving the venue of the Midwifery Today 2020 conference to a location that welcomes LGBTQ midwives to attend and speak Diversifying the speakers at the conference to hear from more midwives of color and midwives who are LGBTQ identified. We are urging our community to sign this petition, share with your community and cancel your subscription to Midwifery Today and its conferences until the venue is changed and the conference adds more speakers from communities of color and the LGBTQ community. Please contact Midwifery Today to voice your concerns. You can email them below or call Midwifery Today at 1-541-344-7438
Petition to Mohave County Residents
Remove Mohave County Supervisor Ron Gould & P & Z Commissioner LuJuana Gillette
Please help us remove Ron Gould, a Mohave County Board Supervisor, for his blatantly unapologetic homophobic views. And also Mohave County Planning & Zoning Commissioner LuJuana Gillette, for her blatantly racist rhetoric. https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-ron-gould-mohave-county-homosexuality-kills-zoning-board-11340576 https://www.facebook.com/events/539282993482823/?ti=cl
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