Topic

LGBTI Discrimination

11 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Texas Gay Rodeo Association, International Gay Rodeo Association, Ron Trusley, Anthony Valdez, David Hill

Let The Gay Cowboy Ride!

My name is JOSH GOYNE, I am asking you to sign my petition so I can Ride in the IGRA Finals. Currently, the International Gay Rodeo Association have illegally banned me from riding to save them the embarrassment of addressing a incident that occurred at the Denton Rodeo. That you might understand better, I was assaulted had my C@#$ grabbed by a member who has gone unsanctioned and become an IGRA official assistant Judge, he had been previously sanctioned for sexual harassment of other members who complained. When I turned the Guy down as I am engaged and had no interest in him.I thought nothing more the incisent, until He continued harassing in me through text messages and Facebook "private messages". Disgusted I reported the situation to TGRA TIM and BRUCE GROS, President of the IGRA. In a PRIVATE not Public Message, I begged TGRA TIM to keep the guy away from me or I would use my "Second Amendment Rights" should he touch me again. Poor choice of words for sure, since being an Aussie I saw it on a bumper sticker at the Rodeo; but the point was made, I will defend myself if need be. I sent an email of Apology for my poor selection of words, but for the record, it was TGRA TIM that rather than curb his "friend" chose to take my PRIVATE MESSAGE and Confidential plea asking him to help ome; on blast to the IGRA stating I was a threat. He did edited my words to cover his ineptitude, and continues to lie about what happened and what was truly said. Bruce Gros, IGRA disqualified me and further more covered up for his Gropping-Friend and has attacked me in my process to be reinstated, they even elevated this Man to being a judge. This is the story in a nut shell. Forgoing all that, all I want to do is ride. I have been falsely accused of so much, when most of it is false. I want to remain in IGRA, I want to ride, and I'll be back to do so. I don't want and never wanted any problem. I simply want to compete, to show in the arena like everyone else. I know you personally don't know me, but won't you give me a chance to make IGRA proud?** Any one doubting what I have said here, please message me and I will send you the proof. The IGRA have wrongly sanctioned me banning me from 2 rodeos and finals with no substancal evidence."... I was banned saying I would defend myself from someone who not only grabbed me sexually but then continued to harrass me on FB. He was blocked for harassment. I personally reported this incident to Bruce Gros and Tim the president of Texas gay rodeo association who told me not to file an EPRB complaint! Which they deemed a threat after emails, phone calls and letters of Apology for any use of perceived threat or language both IGRA and TGRA are making it impossible for me to compete the rest of this year and have banned me with only one side of evidence till April next year they claimed I threatened the perpetrator with a gun , I don't even own a gun and this couldn't be any further from the case. But the perpetrator didn't even get a slap on the wrist, seems fair hey? I was banned just before I was due to compete in San franciso which only one bull and steer rider turned up seems fishy hey? I have spent 30k this year travelling to igra rodeos to qualify for world finals with my flights already booked and paid but because I stood up to sexual violence it has all been thrown back in my face!  please voice your opinion on the issue and help rewrite this injustice! wanna help me keep riding on the pro circuit ?  https://www.gofundme.com/let-josh-ride Or Visit thegaycowboy.com

Josh Goyne
441 supporters
This petition won 7 months ago

Petition to Jay Weatherill, Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Annastacia Palaszczuk, John Rau, Steven Marshall MP

Stop allowing “gay panic” as an excuse for murder in Australia

I’m a Catholic Priest and 8 years ago a man called Wayne Ruks was bashed to death in my Maryborough churchyard (300kms north of Brisbane). Unbelievably, his killer's convictions were downgraded to manslaughter, and in the trial the circumstances surrounding the bashing referred to  issues that can be described as “gay panic.”  It’s disgusting - this law, under the common law interpretation of the partial defence of Provocation, is still valid in both QLD and South Australia. In these two Australian states, if someone who you think is gay makes a pass at you, the sheer panic you could feel is partial justification for murder. I’ve made it my mission to see this revolting law abolished - it belongs in the dark ages. I have no words to describe how offensive, harmful and dangerous it is that two of our governments uphold that a person can be panicked enough by gay people to justify murder. The common law can really be only over-ridden in this respect by explicit legal ammendments to the Code of Criminal law covering murder and the partial defence of Provocation. Gay panic will continue to be a part of the law of these states until expressly excluded.  I am also concerned that even when cases are not formally and specifically pleading the 'gay panic' defense, the mere bringing in of suggestions that the victim made a non-violent homosexual advance, (whether true or not), poisons the waters and taps into deep-seated homophobia and bigotry and ought not be brought up at all in any way in the hearing of a jury. The victim is not on trial here.    That’s why I am calling on the Queensland and South Australia to eliminate this "gay panic" law as a partial defence for murder. Please sign and share my petition.

Rev. Fr. Paul Kelly. Catholic Priest
290,489 supporters