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LGBT Rights

33 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Catherine King, Greg Hunt MP, Malcolm Turnbull, Meegan Fitzharris, Steven Miles, Brad Hazard, Steven Wade, Jill Hennessy, Michael Ferguson, Sarah Lovell MLC, Janet Rice, Roger Cook, Scott Morrison

“Praying the Gay Away” nearly killed me -- outlaw ‘Gay Conversion’ therapy

Trying to “Pray the Gay Away” nearly killed me. I’m not the only one. An investigation in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed gay conversion therapy has not disappeared in Australia, but has simply gone more underground. According to the article, even children have been subjected to ex-gay therapy. I was only 16 when my own ‘conversion therapy’ began. I came out to a church leader who wanted me to be ‘cured’ and I began sessions with a counsellor aimed at changing my sexuality. At 17 my church introduced me to the leader of an actual program designed to turn me straight. Eventually, I was desperate enough to try it. Every week, members spoke about their ‘sins’ and we learned about the spiritual and experiential reasons that we had ‘turned gay’. I was so ashamed and guilt-ridden that I remained completely celibate for years. So-called ‘conversion therapy’ causes depression, self-loathing and even suicide. I prayed to God asking him to either heal me, or kill me. I was so depressed, I wanted to die. The trauma associated with that part of my life still affects me - how could it not? How is this legal? I don’t want to see a single kid harmed by “therapies” that tell them that something that is innate in them is evil or demonic or needs to be ‘healed’. Please, sign this petition calling for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Health Minister Greg Hunt to work with each state to protect the most vulnerable and outlaw gay conversion therapy and it’s advocacy nationwide. It has no place in our medical profession and certainly not in the lives of minors. *UPDATE* This petition focuses on legislation/regulation to prevent ‘gay conversion’ being practised in formal or therapeutic settings (such as in counsellors offices). This is a good start, however to effectively curtail the SOCE/Gay Conversion movement, a much broader response is needed. After signing this petition, please read the recommendations in the survivor statement at www.SOCEsurvivors.com.au

Chris Csabs
47,371 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Members of the NSW Parliament, the Premier of NSW

A NSW parliamentary inquiry into the NSW Police Force's response to gay hate crimes

In the 1980s, 1990s and 00s many gay men and trans people were beaten and murdered in locations around Sydney because of their sexuality. Some were thrown off cliffs and others were left to die in parks.  When these deaths were discovered or reported, sometimes investigators harboured homophobic and transphobic prejudices themselves, leading to an unwillingness to treat evidence with care, find answers to problems or even investigate at all.  Dowson Turco Lawyers is Australia's out loud and proud LGBTI law firm and is acting for 1989 gay bashing victim Alan Rosendale: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/sydney-gay-hate-crimes-still-unsolved/9800046  A parliamentary inquiry will ensure that suspicious deaths of gay men and trans people can be formally reviewed by an independent committee that is tasked with considering the responses of the NSW Police Force at the time. ACON NSW, Alex Greenwich MP and Jenny Leong MP are two of several parliamentarians supportive of an independent inquiry into the reporting, investigation and management of gay and trans bashings and murders. The victims of these heinous crimes deserve the community's support in identifying police errors and further identifying the perpetrators of violence against the LGBTIQ community. Many offenders are still alive and they work, walk and live among us.

Dowson Turco Lawyers Newtown
747 supporters