Petition to Egyptian Tourism
Boycott Egyptian Tourism, End LGBT Abuse
Although sexual harassment, murder, and corruption are rampant, Egypt is instead focusing on arresting peaceful LGBT who have LEGALLY done nothing wrong and whose crime was to love a person of the same-sex. So far, 57 people have arrested in the span of two weeks. If found guilty of homosexuality they face 3-12 years in prison. The Egyptian government has been cracking down on LGBT, hunting them down using social media and dating apps (https://goo.gl/ZQfGDT) LGBT youth are facing horrendous physical and sexual abuse in jails. The government's only concern is money, and has been making tremendous efforts to increase tourism and foreign investments to increase revenues which are spent on salary increases to the military to further suppress the citizens of the country.
Petition to Mercy High School, Diocese of Norwich, Archdiocese of Hartford, Pope Francis
Publicly Apologize & Let Girls Take Girls To Prom
Mercy High School is an all-girls Catholic high school in Middletown, Connecticut. Like almost all high schools, the end of their school year is punctuated by the senior prom - which is supposed to be a joyous occassion. Unfortunately (and oppressively) for the students of Mercy, they are forbidden from taking another young women as their date, regardless of sexual orientation, and that needs to change. Although it is apparently legal for the administration of Mercy to enforce this archaic and highly discriminatory rule, in 2017 it’s beyond shameful for an educational institution to be so aggressively discriminatory. Mercy High School’s own mission statement says that the school, “inspires students to respect the dignity of others and to provide leadership and service that foster community, understanding and compassion in local and global environments. Mercy is committed to providing a challenging educational experience in a safe and nurturing environment.” Nothing about Mercy’s prom policy comes anywhere close to understanding, compassion, or providing a safe and nurturing environment. In fact, the school’s anti-LGBTQ+ attitude and behavior perpetuates discrimination even though, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Negative attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people put these youth at increased risk for experiences with violence, compared with other students. Violence can include behaviors such as bullying, teasing, harassment, physical assault, and suicide-related behaviors.” This at a time when, in the 21st century, people are being attacked and murdered because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and the Vice President of the United States advocates for the torture of so-called conversion therapy. To address this injustice a senior at Mercy took the brave step of starting a petition asking the school’s administration to allow girls to take girls to prom. In less than two days the petition was signed by close to 2,000 people. But rather than address the petition in anything resembling an appropriate manner, the student was apparently intimidated by the administration into abandoning the petition altogther. In an official update on this website the student states, “I'm sad to say that I will be discontinuing this fight due to administration strongly advising me to give up.” Since she can’t take this any further without likely facing severe repercussions it is up to us to continue the fight. Even Francis, the Roman Catholic Pope, has stated, “We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while 'every sign of unjust discrimination' is to be carefully avoided...” It’s time for Mercy High School to set a standard based on love and acceptance and the first step is to issue a public apology to the student that took a stand for justice. That needs to be followed by an immediate reversal of their horrible policy of discrimination. The administration of Mercy has a choice: embrace their students and all other members of our society, regardless of their identity, with love and compassion, or continue with the status quo and assume a reputation for ignorance, fear, and hate. With hope, this petition will encourage them to make the right decision.
Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee
Secularize Sex Education: LGBT Youth
"Currently, sex-education standards vary widely across the country, leaving many American youth uninformed about basic anatomy, healthy relationship skills, and safer sex practices. On top of this, LGBT youth face particular challenges. Sex-education materials often assume students are heterosexual and nontransgender. Many sex-education curricula do not mention sexual orientation or gender identity at all, and some that do discuss it only in a negative light. All youth deserve education that empowers them to make healthy, informed decisions about their relationships and their bodies." (Slater, 2013). This bill was originally reintroduced to congress by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) in 2013, Bill S.372 - Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013, but nothing has happened since then, we started this petition to reintroduce the original bill to congress that has been sitting there with no action and request that something be done about it. more info on this bill https://www.congress.gov/113/bills/s372/BILLS-113s372is.pdf https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/372/text https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2013/06/21/67411/lgbt-inclusive-sex-education-means-healthier-youth-and-safer-schools/
Petition to bellflower high school
Awareness for the LGBT+ Community
This semester, junior students in our class were given the responsibility of creating a civil project. Our group--consisting of Tamy'a, Miguel, and Jamie--gladly chose to bring awareness to the LGBT+ community in our high school. It is not discussed much, so we would like to take the time to help bring up the topic to our peers. Part of our project requires us to explain how the group that we are representing are discriminated in their everyday lives. The goal is to make a difference, even if that means starting in a small place such as our high school campus. Though it is definitely a task to be done, we would be more than happy to accomplish it. A way to do that is to gather people who realize this and continue to make that list grow. That is why we are asking for your help. If we could petition to raise awareness and appreciation for the LGBT+ community here, there is no doubt that the three of us could eventually move on to something bigger. Please, help us achieve our goals. It doesn't matter to just us, but to the people we want to support.
Petition to Yanderedev
Push YandereDev To Put LGBTQ+ Characters in Yandere Simulator
LGBTQIA+ representation in media is scarce, expecially in video games. As Yandere Simulator is a moderately popular game, it'd be a good change and a step forward to have queer characters in it, especially since the developer, Alex, mostly known as Yandere Dev, can be contacted a lot more easily than larger game developers and if he heard enough of a demand from the fandom of a game that is still in development, he might just add some characters. Alex's game being as popular as it already is would mean that by the time the game officially comes out, the amount of fans would be enormous, and seeing real life being represented in the game would be empowering for a lot of young LGBT+ individuals, as that is most likely a large portion of the fanbase (young people). Help me and other LGBTQIA+ fans of Yandere Simulator have LGBTQIA+ characters put into the game! Note: I'm not asking for the characters to be important to the game in terms of the story and main characters, but the background characters could be more diverse.
Petition to Darcel Clark Bronx district attorney, District Attorney Bronx NY Darcel Clark, Bill de Blasio
Mercy for bullied Abel Cedeno Bronx High school has accountability
Abel Cedeno needs help no one should be bullied like that, The school has to have accountablilty everyone has the right to feel safe and learn in school. I'm sad for the loss of life no one should have died. The school could have stopped it. So Sorry for all the families. I hope Abel life is not ruined I hope he gets mercy and help. Matthew McCree should be alive. No one wins. Gay teens and transgendered are not protected. This is the schools fault. Show mercy. So sorry for the family of Matthew and Abel. Give Abel help. Matthew McCree family needs help. This should never happen again in any school. Enough !!
Petition to Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Allow for LGBTQ Sexual Ed to be Taught at all High Schools in Virginia Beach.
As an LGBTQ student in the Virginia Beach City Public School System, our current curriculum for sexual education does not adequately teach LGBTQ students proper sexual education as it relates to them. This is a form of indirect- discrimination against the LGBTQ community. My goal is to advocate for a brief, 15- 20-minute lesson to all Health and PE classes at Princess Anne Highschool incorporated into the already existing Sexual education. By signing this petition, you support and demand the VBCPS school board to allow the teaching of LGBTQ sexual education at Princess Anne Highschool in Virginia Beach, Virginia. " No, lesbian gay and bisexual orientations are not disorders, " according to the American Psychological Association. Even with this consensus among mental health professionals, people still question if LGBTQ, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community should be accepted. The answer is quite simple yet many people still do not accept people who identify their sexual orientation as something other than straight, even 2017. I believe LGBTQ people should have the same rights as their straight peers and they should be accepted because they did not choose their sexual orientation and they just want to love who they want to love. The American Psychological Association has said that to date, there has been no scientifically adequate research to show that therapy and a person sexual orientation is safe or effective. Throughout Middle School, I had crushes on girl classmates and what I now know where crushes on boys. When I was in 8th grade looking back at the past 3 years of my life I realized I was bisexual. Despite trying to make myself straight out of fear of what my life would be like if I came out, I couldn't deny this part of my life any longer and I began to come out to my friends first and then a couple months later was able to come out to my family. My uncle was able to empathize with me because he himself is gay. This whole experience has taught me to be kind and accepting of others and their differences even if I don't understand them. Therefore I believe that a person sexuality is not a choice and it cannot be changed nor should it be changed even though harmful practices such as conversion therapy a practice aimed at changing one sexual orientation exist. Ellen DeGeneres, a famous TV show host, arguably one of the most influential people when it comes to LGBTQ rights. She is famously married to, Portia DeRossi, an Australian and American actress, and philanthropist. On her show, it always ends by saying be kind to one another. She's preaching kindness and acceptance to everyone regardless of if you are part of the LGBTQ community. Ellen is part of the LGBT community herself but she doesn't let that become the only thing she is known for. She is famous for her unique sense of humor, kindness, and generosity the latter being why I respect her the most. Yes, she sticks up for herself and the LGBT community when needed including to members of the LGBT community, such as Caitlyn Jenner. She isn't just a lesbian celebrity. She is an admirable, highly-regarded person that is kind to those even if they may be unkind to her. Thanks to people like Ellen DeGenerous, members of the LGBTQ community can take a bypass just being seen as a member of the LGBTQ community but instead be seen as much more than that they can be seen as members of the military, doctors, lawyers, teachers, business owners and maybe one day politicians. When I first saw Ellen Show, care who she like romantically. She was just hilarious! There's so much more work to be done on this topic but I am thankful for the impact improvement I have already seen so it is one of the people I can thank for allowing me to unapologetically exist just as I am and not fear consequences No one in the LGBT community chose to be different in regards to the sexuality nor are they trying to achieve anything but being able to love and not be judged for it; as a matter of fact, this should be a basic right! I will not rest until people realize that sexual orientation is not a choice and LGBTQ people are able to love whoever they want to love without fear of consequence. The only way for the world to change by ordinary citizens and people with a platform defending and advocating for LGBTQ people regardless of their sexual orientation. In addition to this, start a conversation about it, put something on social media supporting LGBTQ rights, and if you want brownie points, volunteer to help elect government officials in any capacity who you know will defend and support LGBTQ people in every aspect. If you don't have time to volunteer then just vote for the person and encourage others to because they support LGBT rights. If you have children, let them know, when you believe they've reached an age where they are mature enough to handle the topic, that it's okay to be gay, bisexual, transgender, etc. If I was told at a young age that is completely normal and natural to be bisexual or gay I would have came out a lot sooner. This positive reinforcement may not seem like much, but I am telling you as a member of the LGBTQ community this could change someone's life. If your child, a family member or friend comes out to you, support them in every way possible and let them know that you're there for them. We're almost in the year 2018. I have to seen for so many years the ignorant and bigoted comments about the LGBTQ community, what it stands for, if sexuality is a choice, or how it makes you horrible person just because you're a little bit different. I am beyond frustrated and out of patience for this type of ignorance to live in the United States of America any longer or in any part of the world for that matter. I understand people have different points of view or they may believe that their religion says it is not okay to be gay or bisexual, and that's fine. You can hold whatever beliefs you choose to believe because I believe that you should have the right to, but that same right that I know that you have is similar to the right I have to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am not just bisexual. I am a person who believes in helping people and I want to become a politician one day because that is the best way I know how to help and make a difference. I am unapologetically proud of who I am regardless of who I like romantically; therefore other people should be proud of who they are regardless of their backgrounds jobs, passions, belief, race, and who they love. In life, you make many choices. One of mine will be will be to fight for the LGBTQ people with the strength, courage, and bravery of a thousand men. - Connor Eppley
Petition to Randy Martino
Start a Gay-Straight Alliance to End LGBT Discrimination at DMS
At Dartmouth Middle School, many students experience discrimination and offensive language and behavior directed towards them, merely due to their gender expression or sexuality. Bystanders watch and do nothing to stop it, either not caring or being too scared to report incidents. We hope that by starting a gay-straight alliance, we can strengthen bonds within the school, build our community’s confidence and educate the students to persuade them to stop.