Petition to Australian Red Cross Organisation
Remove the clause that prohibits healthy gay men from being able to donate blood.
Like myself there are plenty of gay men in Australia who do not have HIV or AIDS, or Hepatitis and are willing to role up their sleeves to donate blood, but are disallowed this action due to the belief that HIV and AIDS are rife in homosexual men. I am O+ blood type meaning anyone can have my blood, this is the sort of blood type that Red Cross are screaming for, yet won't take because I have male to male sex. Just because the thought that HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis are more prevelant in homosexual men, many people are dieing because they aren't able to access the necessary blood for transfusions. Blood stocks are being marketed as dangerously low, yet people like myself who would more than happily donate, are shunned away, due to our sexuality. The possibility of receiving HIV, AIDS, or Hepatitis from a straight persons donation is still very high. Transfusions are not given unless there is a very high chance of death due to blood loss, in which case without the transfusion the patient would almost surely die, the ability to be transfused with blood from a healthy gay man could potentially save the patients life. This is not a fight for gay rights, this is a fight to allow healthy homosexual men the ability to help save the lives of sick and dieing people. The possibility of saving someones life with a homosexual mans donation is still a possibility of saving someones life.
Petition to John Skerritt, Robert Tickner, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten
End the discriminatory blood donation policy for queer men in Australia.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s blood service policy is homophobic.Currently, there is a 12-month deferral period for men who have had sex with men forbidding them from donating blood, a policy justified by the ‘window period’ where HIV and other STIs can’t be traced through testing. In essence, any man who has had sex with another man in the last year (regardless of individual circumstances) has lost the right to donate blood within Australia. This one year deferral period directly contradicts the policies of organisations such as the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, who have a ‘window period’ of six to twelve weeks. Put simply, within 3 months it is possible to determine whether someone has contracted an STI such as HIV through standard medical procedure, a fact which makes the current 12-month deferral period discriminatory and outdated. We are a group of young, queer Australians campaigning for a shortening of the deferral period to a more reasonable four months, or alternatively, for eligibility to be determined by individual risk assessment. The Australian Red Cross state that ‘the underlying principle on which people give blood has to be one of mutual trust.’ This trust must be extended to the hundreds of thousands of queer persons it excludes for donating blood.
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Penny Wong and Katy Gallagher
Legalising Same-Sex Marriage in Australia
The article on Marriage on the Australian Parliaments website states, "In May 2013, Senator Hanson-Young introduced legislation which, if enacted, would have given recognition to valid same-sex marriages entered into overseas. The Bill was a specific response to the changes in New Zealand and would have allowed Australian same-sex couples planning to marry in New Zealand to have their marriage recognised on return to Australia." So although Australia recognises New Zealand's same-sex marriages, no bill in the current 45th parliament has been provided to change this discriminatory law. I am glad that Australia will recognise a same-sex marriage from New Zealand but quite frankly I am very angry and disheartened that our current Prime Minister won't introduce a bill to remove "a marriage is a union between and man and a woman" and replacing it with "marriage is the union between two people". From 2016 to the current day alone there has been 18 unsuccessful attempts to change the Marriage Act. This is absurd and disgraceful. This shouldn't be a tough issue, or a issue at all. Equality is the only word that I should have to say. The Parliament has me thinking that they like this game of stringing people like me along thinking one day we will see equality. For the most part people ask me, "Why do you care?", "Your not getting married, your not in a engaged, what is it to you?". It is more then marriage, it is about not feeling equal and being looked at as different and sometimes shamed for just being myself. My rights are no different to the person in Wales or Argentina. My right to marry does not dictate or take away from any other persons life. I shouldn't feel like a lower class citizen. My parents will be getting married this year, becoming husband and wife under a law that is discriminating against me and others. I am going to be a witness to their wedding and I can not be happier for them. But I can't think to myself, "I can't wait to get married". Because to me it will never happen. People say, "It will happen soon enough, don't worry". I'm sorry but I'm not amused at the slightest. I haven't been able to say "I can't wait to get married" without my heart sinking. The symbol behind marriage is the union you share with the person you love. It is what separates me from most of you. It shouldn't take 18 bills to amend the Marriage Act to allow me to marry. Allowing marriage equality will not only reassure those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-gender +, that they are equal, but it will give the last little push for those to come out and be who they truly are. It will give strength to those who are going through a tough time and on the edge of not looking back. It will end people using it as the kindle to the fire of homophobia. To me it is not just about Marriage, it is about me being no different to the next person. Being robbed of a right to share the union of marriage with who I choose to love. This matter has become a game for the Australian Government, and I am sick of it. Prime Minister Turnbull, you must bring forth a bill to change this law. One of your points in the election was to ultimately change the Marriage Act to allow anyone to marry. The plebiscite was not the right move, thankfully the senate blocked it. As a gay male all I ask is for the same right to marry as you do and to have that right respected as do you. Amending the law will show younger teens and others that they are accepted and included in the shared right to marry. You will show that the Australian Government stands alongside the LGBTQ+ Australians by ultimately amending this discriminatory act. Please sign this petition to change this discriminatory law. Website: http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BriefingBook44p/Marriage Photo on cover: https://youtu.be/XfaHnlMV9Qw
Petition to Marketing Manager, Brendon Cook
Ooh!Media claim to support the LGBT community and have even gone so far as to change their logo to Pride Flag colours. Given they are currently taking money from the "Vote No" campaign to post hate speech using their digital billboards, I would like them to #RemoveTheRainbow from their logo. They are clearly not an ally and as such should not be misrepresenting themselves by using the LGBT colours.
Petition to Foxtel
Foxtel to remove NO campaign ads
While watching Foxtel this afternoon I was subjected to my first 'No' campaign ad surrounding the current marriage equality plebiscite in Australia. After watching it I felt sick - sick because it attacks hundreds of thousands of LGBTQIA+ people across Australia, sick because it attacks gender identity and gender experimentation which has nothing to do with marriage equality, and sick because Foxtel is happy to take the 'No' campaign's money and spread its hate speech. Foxtel broadcasts LGBT and LGBT-friendly shows such as Broad City, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Wentworth, Orange is the New Black, Supergirl, Sex and the City, Californication, Doctor Who, Queer Eye and Rizzoli & Isles - why does it think it's acceptable to show these ads alongside these shows? Why not take a stand and tell the 'No' campaign to take its money elsewhere? Why should I, as a queer person, continue to give Foxtel my money when it attacks my very existence?
Petition to YMCA NSW Youth Parliament 2017
Support LGBT+ young people in NSW schools
Every student, in every school, deserves to be valued and treated with respect. Unfortunately for LGBT+ students, this isn't always the case. LGBT+ young people face discrimination, rejection and harassment at every turn of their school lives, by their peers and teachers alike. The recent contentious debate surrounding same-sex marriage has only exacerbated this. They are more than twice as likely to self-harm than their non-LGBT+ peers and five times more likely to attempt suicide. So why isn't more being done? Since the untimely and unnecessary repeal of the Safe School Program in NSW schools, little has been done by the NSW Government to provide for the needs of LGBT+ students. The wider anti-bullying reforms put forward as its replacement fall short. Programs such as Safe Schools, or GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) in the US, are tantamount to providing an inclusive and safe environment for queer youth and have shown to have a beneficial effect in creating a more accepting and positive environment in schools. It is vital for immediate action to be taken, to change the culture of silence and prejudice around LGBT+ issues into one of acceptance and provide a affirming learning environment where queer young people can grow and be supported. So what can the Youth Parliament of NSW do? Endorse teacher training programs which educate teaching and administrative staff about the experiences and needs of LGBT+ students and help to institute active school-based initiatives to create a more accepting and inclusive classroom environment Promote the introduction of formal anti-discrimination codes in schools, particularly those specifying the protection of LGBT+ students against discrimination, harassment and vilification Support provisions for the acceptance and support of gender-transitioning, transgender, or genderqueer students, particularly in single-gender schools, such as non-gendered dress codes and a third gender options on administrative forms Support a comprehensive introduction of the LGBT+ experience into the NSW curriculum, specifically in the K - 10 PDHPE Curriculum, to help open dialogue between students and foster a more healthy and tolerant culture It is time for the Youth Parliament of NSW to step up and commit to actively supporting the safety, inclusion and respect of all young people in our schools, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. ALL students have the right to safety and respect. It's time for something to be done.
Petition to Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres to attend the 2018 Sydney LGBTQI Mardi Gras
I would really like to see Ellen DeGeneres Attend the 40th anniversary of the Sydney LGBTQI Mardi Gras, and im hoping this petition will make that Happen,Im hoping if we can get enough signatures it would encourage her to attend.