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Petition to New Management for Local LGBT Venue

A Safe and Welcoming LGBT Community for Worcester UK

Many of us have been subject to victimisation by Local LGBT Head, known more formally as the manager of The Flag, Worcester. Many of us have found ourselves with a (lifetime) ban from Worcester's ONLY LGBT Venue for reasons unknown, while the other half have felt uncomfortable and unwelcome by the staff and management of Worcester's ONLY LGBT Venue. It is time the folk of Worcester finally stepped up, and spoke out about the horrific experience we call the Worcester Gay Scene, with the Only LGBT Venue in Worcester being occupied by more Straight folk than LGBT folk, we find ourselves completely outcast from our own community venue. To stand in as the 'Head' of particular sector/community, there are a few essential guidelines to follow, which include being approachable and welcoming to anyone within your community, and to provide a warm and welcoming environment for the community to enjoy and feel safe in, but with Great Power comes great responsibility and the misuse of these privileges are the reason behind the failure of the LGBT Scene in Worcester since 2010, starting with the rise and fall of Worcester Pride in 2010, where funds were "Misplaced" and "Withdrawn", and the much needed Pride Event flopped. After the Success of Worcester LGBT Pride in 2016 operated by The House of Black Entertainment, it looked as though Worcester's LGBT Scene could finally be looking up. This was until Management at The Flag (The ONLY LGBT Venue in Worcester) withdrew all contact and agreements with Worcester LGBT Pride Managers and evicted them and their committee with NO Valid Reasoning, followed by a Lifetime ban, again with NO Valid Reasoning. It is these sorts of abuses of power that create division within what is already a small community in this city.  Other Examples of Bans being issued Invalidly include:- - A dispute involving 1 Gay Man (The Victim) and Half a Dozen 'Straight' Men. The Straight Men were prioritised and approved to stay in the establishment based on Quantity, whereas The Gay Man (The Victim) was evicted for the remainder of the evening.- A number of people have reported being confronted by management and staff in a sexual manner, and evicted from the establishment pending their agreement/disagreement to participate in sexual favours with Staff.- Other Business Owners and Managers have been banned from the establishment based on rivalry. The root of the dispute between figureheads of Worcester LGBT Community is a conflict of interest. One Party is solely dedicated to providing Worcester with the best possible LGBT Experience for ALL members of the LGBT Community, while the other Party is lead solely by Money, Business and Greed. It's Time for Change! It is long overdue we as The Worcester LGBT Community clear the air between these parties and finally put this dispute to rest. Over 60% of The Worcester LGBT Community are unhappy with the lack of professionalism displayed by Venue Management and Staff (including Door Staff and Security) and feel completely unwelcome within this establishment. This has to change! As Management or 'Head' of any community, you have to remain professional, reasonable, approachable, accommodating and above all caring and considerate to fellow members of your community, None of which is being displayed from Management of Worcester's ONLY LGBT Venue right now. Have you fallen victim to discrimination by this Venue? Have you been removed from this establishment with No Valid Reason? or perhaps removed for being a minority within a dispute? Have you received a (lifetime) Ban for reasons Unknown? Why must we all suffer and fall victim, on the basis we don't fit into the mould of one man's ideology?! Do you Dream of being welcomed into a Nice and Safe Environment for yourself and your LGBT Friends in Worcester? Wouldn't you like to Relax in an LGBT Venue in Worcester that doesn't discriminate, nor does it prioritise the large quantity of bullies over it's own people?  YOU have the power to make this happen! Worcester has suffered long enough at the hands of only one venue. Only we can change this! By signing this petition, you agree that drastic changes are needed to resurrect the Worcester LGBT Community, starting with the Appointment of a New LGBT Venue in Worcester and/or Management, and the position of Worcester LGBT 'Head' to be put to a Public Vote within The LGBT Community in Worcester. Using this method, we can truly address the issues within the community and work towards a bigger, brighter and more accepting LGBT Community in Worcester. Thank you in advance for your support.

Worcester LGBT Community
16 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Amber Rudd MP, Robert Goodwill MP, Jeff Smith MP


We stopped the imminent deportation of a gay asylum seeker to Uganda! The UK government were about to deport Jimmy Kyesswa, a gay Ugandan man, back to his death. A flight was booked for 5.25pm on Monday, 5 December 2016. An attempt was made to take him to the airport. Whilst on the road the guards received a number of telephone calls. There was some confusion and he was returned to Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre.  Jimmy has now been released from detention and has been granted temporary admission whilst his case is being reviewed.  Jimmy was detained on 5 September 2016 when he went to sign at Dallas Court Immigration Reporting Centre, Manchester; even though he had an appointment previously given to him by the Home Office to bring further submissions for his case to Liverpool on 9 September. He had no time to exercise his right. He was then immediately detained and taken to Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Lincolnshire. His solicitor made further representations, which were rejected by the Home Office. Despite Jimmy being in a subsisting same sex relationship with his boyfriend, Cyrille, the Home Office has refused to accept that he is a gay man. Jimmy came to the UK in January 2005 after suffering mistreatment in Uganda based on his sexuality. Jimmy had hot water poured on him after being discovered with a man. The situation in Uganda is well known where gay people face persecution on a daily basis, such as mob violence, imprisonment and even death. Jimmy is also involved with a number of LGBT organisations and has a high profile on the internet including Facebook. He has attended several LGBT events around the UK to campaign for LGBT rights and for the rights of gay people in Uganda. If deported, Jimmy would lose his relationship with his boyfriend, his community in Manchester and would have to try to avoid persecution by living in hiding. We fear that he would be discovered and killed by homophobic mobs. We are asking that supporters sign the petition to stop any further deportation action. Please spread the word to as many friends and family as urgent action is required. 

Tony Openshaw
33,496 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Narendra Modi

LGBTI in India and Diaspora Call for Support : SAY NO to Section 377

Love is Not a Crime! Protect Our Right to Equality – #Repeal377 This petition is to request to repeal Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and decriminalize homosexuality in India. Imposed on India by the British, Section 377 is a Draconian law dated from 1860 and puts 50 million LGBTI Indians in harm’s way. It has been used as an excuse for harassment, blackmail, extortion and physical and sexual abuse, multiplying existing inequalities based on caste, class and gender. The UN states that “decriminalizing homosexuality is an essential first step towards establishing genuine equality before the law.” In the latest Universal Periodic Review, the report from the Human Rights Council Working Group on the UPR (Twenty-seventh session) states: "Section 377, Indian Penal Code, criminalizes homosexuality. In 2009, the Delhi High Court declared this section to be unconstitutional. This decision was reversed by the Supreme Court of India in 2013. However, the Supreme Court in February 2016 agreed to another hearing on the matter, which is now subjudice. In a related judicial development, in 2014, the Supreme Court recognized that sexual orientation and gender identity are integral to a person’s personality and are “basic aspects of self-determination, dignity and freedom.” The Court stated that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates India’s constitutional guarantee of equality" This petition therefore asks the Indian government to: Repeal Section 377 legislation which criminalizes same-sex sexual activity in India Put in place an immediate moratorium on the enforcement of any existing laws criminalizing homosexuality Commit to engage in meaningful dialogue with their LGBTI communities to facilitate an informed debate about the means to remove all legal and other impediments to the enjoyment of their human rights Commit to open and free debate across the Commonwealth on the decriminalization of homosexuality Support public education initiatives to inform the people of the Commonwealth about the case for LGBTI equality Support the right of an LGBTI Association to register with the Commonwealth alongside all civil society organizations and be free to express its views and engage in public debate. Fully include LGBTI people in development and other programmes on an equal basis with the rest of society. A previous petition by the Humsafar Trust, the oldest LGBTI organization in India, was delivered to the Prime Minister of India stating: "Section 377 is an archaic British law that finds mention in all Commonwealth countries in some form or the other. The law criminalises any sexual behaviour against the"Order of Nature" which in practice criminalizes the lives of LGBTI people in India. While the law was read down in Britain in the 1970s , the law continues as a colonial legacy. Presence of the law further stigmatizes and discriminates against people of alternate sexual orientation and individuals who may not adhere to Victorian mores of sex. The law is used by the police as well as anti social elements to extort and blackmail LGBTI individuals. The law poses one of the greatest risks to HIV prevention programs as even a simple act of distributing condoms is affected by this law. No person should feel or be treated like a criminal for loving someone!" Section 377 only serves a political purpose to criminalize love between consensual adults and encourages homophobia and multiple discrimination in India.

British Asian LGBTI
665 supporters