Petition to EEB3 school administration
Prevent Censorship of LGBTQ+ Media in School Magazine
For this month's edition of our school magazine, the main topic was Pride, in order to celebrate Pride Month. To go with this, the cover was two girls, one wearing a rainbow shirt and giving the other a kiss on the cheek (see above). The editors then received an e-mail, stating that this would be "too much" for some students and that something "more neutral" would be better. In addition, the magazine would only be distributed to older grades (ages 11+) due to its content. We think that this type of censorship is unacceptable coming from a school that is meant to represent European values and that preaches tolerance and being "united in diversity". Catering to homophobia sends the message that the comfort of homophobic people matters more than the expression of LGBTQ+ students. Sign this petition to make the school realise the negative effects this decision would have on its LGBTQ+ students, show that you are in support of LGBTQ+ expression going uncensored, and holding the school accountable instead of ignoring it.
Petition to Manipal academy of higher education
Making Gender Neutral Toilets Available at MAHE
As there has been an increase in awareness around being LGBTQIA+ and acceptance among the students of Manipal, especially after the legalization of homosexuality in India in 2018, there have been more and more students coming out as being a part of the community. Whether it is Transgender or Nonbinary people, many who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community do not feel comfortable going to Male or Female bathrooms. While some might feel it better to go to the bathroom that matches their gender they identify with, some others feel the need for something in the middle. There are several people who do not identify as either male or female. Therefore, I believe it is time to consider them and their problems and introduce Gender-Neutral toilets at MAHE. It would really help the students of the university who face this issue on a day to day basis, where just the simple act of going to the toilet might seem harrowingly difficult due to the way going to the wrong bathroom triggers them. Just think about it. If you are a female and are forced to go to a male bathroom just because you 'look' like a male, how would you feel? Uncomfortable? Shocked? Uneasy? That's how many Trans, Non-binary, Genderfluid and people identifying with other genders feel every day. It is really hard for them, it is already hard being a part of the community and living in India, let's help them out a little bit by making a change.