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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Alex Azar

Keep Protections for Transgender People in Title IX

Add your name to the following letter, which will be sent to Alex Azar, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services: Dear Alex Azar, My name is Syd. I’m a transgender student, and I am asking you to reconsider the Department of Health and Human Services memo on tightening the definition of gender to exclude transgender and gender non-conforming people from Title IX. While you claim you support a theory of gender grounded in science, you have not consulted with biologists or medical professionals, many of whom are pioneering research suggesting that sex is not as binary as it seemed and gender even less so. Also, you advocate for genetic testing to determine an individual’s sex, which the American Medical Association specifically warns against in the case of intersex individuals as part of their code of ethics. In 30 states people can be evicted or fired for being trans. This new policy would remove us from Title IX protections that could allow us to take these measures to court. It would prevent us from getting necessary healthcare through Medicare or Medicaid. It would place barriers in the process of applying for a new passport, driver’s license, or any other piece of identification needed for day-to-day life. Most importantly, it would be a get-out-of-jail-free card for those who harass us and a reminder to all those who face this harassment that our struggle is not important. While I know that a policy will not stop me from existing or from resisting, this policy could endanger me and hundreds of thousands of others. It is already exhausting enough to live in a society that does not believe in my existence. I am asking you to believe in me. I am asking you to do what we as transgender people do every day and resist. I am asking you to resist this policy and to take that resistance up with anyone and everyone in your department. I am asking you to resist an act that would remove federal protection from 1.4 million Americans. I am asking you to give me a chance. I am asking you to listen. Thank you for your time.

Syd Lewin
55,561 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Quisqueya “Qiqi” Rodriguez

Accesible All-Gender Swimming Facilities at Berkeley YMCA

The Downtown Berkeley YMCA has many trans/gender non-conforming members of all ages who do not feel comfortable or welcome in the separate locker rooms designated for Men, Women, Boys, or Girls. There are several all-gender single restrooms throughout the building, and some with showers on the lower level. However, there is no place to lock valuables (except in the small bank of day lockers in the bicycle room on the first floor) or use any of the building’s four swimsuit water extractors without entering the gender-specific locker rooms. Thus, for us, swimming at the Y means carrying around our own - and our children’s - bags, shoes, and dripping swimwear, piling and hanging our belongings in the pools, and feeling like a spectacle when we just want to go for a swim. It is not intentional, but the lack of access to basic facilities, particularly after the many wonderful renovations in recent years, sends an implicit message to us and our families that we are unwelcome. Some members have quit the gym for this reason. The Y has shown a strong commitment to honoring the LGBTQ community. A gym should be a place of self-care, of refuge, of belonging, not yet another place to experience being shut out of public space. We the undersigned urge the Y to make a small structural facilities improvement that will have a huge impact on trans/GNC members and our families: please install a suit spinner and a bank of day lockers in one of the hallways in the basement on the pool level.  Please include all of us in the Y’s statement: “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Put simply, the YMCA is about you—and all of us—growing better together.” Thank you!

Gabe Winer
71 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Reddit, Flickr, Pinterest, tumbler, Imgur

Do more to protect Transgender users of Social Networks

We the undersigned, call upon Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks to adopt and enforce a robust protective policy prohibiting the abuse of transgender people, specifically negative posts or images that result from a transgender person's gender identity or nonconformance to gender stereotypes. While the protection of the freedom of speech is a laudable and desirable goal, it cannot be allowed to override the right of transgender people to utilize social networks free from the harm wrought by those subjecting them to transphobic abuse including hate, bigotry, and overt discrimination.Medically documented injuries which arise from the abuse of transgender people include: dysphoria, depression, fear, isolation, feelings of hopelessness, and often can lead to an increased risk of the transgender person committing suicide. Transphobia has a precise definition, and any activity which meets its criteria must be dealt with promptly. "Transphobia is the fear, hatred, disbelief, or mistrust of people who are transgender, thought to be transgender, or whose gender expression doesn’t conform to the traditional gender roles of society. Transphobia can prevent transgender and gender nonconforming people from living full lives free from harm." Transphobia takes many different forms, including: Negative attitudes and beliefs directed towards transgender and gender non-conforming persons on the basis of their Gender Identity or the non-adherence to gender stereotypes. Expressions of aversion to and prejudice against transgender people. Expressions of irrational fear and often spreading intentionally false claims, misinformation, or disinformation about transgender individuals, or the science behind someone being so. Claiming that transgender people's access to facilities which match their gender identity is somehow dangerous, or that transgender individuals are more violent than others of their gender based on their sex identified at birth. Disbelief, Denial, Intentional Misgendering, or outright discounting of a person's preferred pronouns; or denial of their gender, sex, legal identity, or gender identity; including attempting to deny that it is possible for someone to transition their gender or sex. The use of derogatory language, and name-calling; bullying, abuse, and even violence on the basis of someone's gender Identity or nonconformance to gender stereotypes. While many of these social networks have policies which state similar goals, they are frequently not enforced or even ignored outright even when instances of explicit transphobia are reported to them by the transgender members of their networks; this is something that must change.For updates on this and other transgender issues, you can follow me on Twitter at:

Susan Larson
1,874 supporters