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Petition to West Hartford Board of Education, Connecticut State Board of Education

Gender neutral bathrooms

Here are some terms to know that might help you to better understand this petition: Transgender: Someone who is transgender does not identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth. Cisgender: Someone who is cisgender does identify with the gender that they were assigned at birth. If you're not trans, you're cis! -  -  - I am a transgender student in a public high school in West Hartford, Connecticut. I made this petition to raise awareness and make change in my community. I propose that West Hartford Public Schools convert all of our bathrooms to gender-neutral bathrooms. This will allow transgender students to be more comfortable and safe going to the bathroom, and to feel more welcome throughout our town and in our public schools. Before you pass judgement on my proposal, please take a moment to read through my below justifications and the sources that I have provided. If you have any additional doubts, feel free to comment on this petition with your question(s). 1. Transgender folks’ safetyTransgender people are often unsafe or uncomfortable in gendered bathrooms (the traditional "women's" and "men's" bathrooms). Further information about this issue can be found through the 2015 US Transgender Survey and this study by the Williams Institute of UCLA. 2. Cisgender folks’ safetyUsing gender neutral bathrooms does not increase the risk of assault or harassment that cisgender people face. There are no existing sources or recorded statistics supporting this information due to the limited number of multi-stall gender-neutral bathrooms in the US, but the only reported issues that cisgender folks have experienced in using gender neutral bathrooms is slight discomfort (that arguably comes with any new experience). 3. “But what about the cost of creating gender-neutral bathrooms?” Making bathrooms gender neutral costs almost nothing at all! We simply have to update the signage on the outside of the bathrooms. The Cooper Union College updated all of their bathrooms to be gender-neutral with this signage system. So, the only cost in updating our bathrooms would be the (relatively low) cost of buying and installing the new signs. 4. Additional information/resources- While I’m calling for a slightly different action plan for our bathrooms than Jacob Tobia calls for, this op-ed that they wrote for TIME Magazine explains the issue that trans people face very clearly.- The blog “Let Us Pee” has some interesting insights and stories from folks around the country.- This other article from TIME pretty thoroughly and accurately explains the flaws behind the argument that trans people should be required to use the bathroom of their sex assigned at birth.

Devon Shafer
689 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to Dr. Maureen Reusche, Denis Gray

Protect transgender students with a policy in the Haverford district

Attention Haverford Township residents! We need a transgender policy that explicitly makes our school district a safe space for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The district’s current practice of case-by-case accommodation leaves both students and the district vulnerable. Without an official policy, each parent and student must negotiate their own accommodation without knowing what is possible or even precisely what they can ask for.  And teachers and administrators must operate without clear, publicly available guidelines. Other nearby districts—including Marple Newtown, Radnor, Lower Merion, Upper Dublin, Great Valley, Rosetree Media, Cheltenham, Pennsbury, and Philadelphia—have already taken the step of adopting a policy.  It’s time for Haverford to join them.  The federal government’s recent withdrawal of protection for transgender students under Title IX has made this an urgent issue.   If we want Haverford to be proactive, our Superintendent and School Board need to know that the community supports adopting a protective policy now, regardless of what the courts decide. In a Transgender Legal Update dated March 8, 2017, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) declined to issue guidance on whether local school districts should adopt official policies to protect the rights of transgender students. The update concluded: “If a local school district wishes to adopt policy, we recommend they do so in consultation with their solicitor and the community.” As a community, we need to tell our School Board not to wait. Rates of attempted suicide among transgender people are higher than 40 percent, particularly when they are in situations in which they are not supported. An official policy would protect the members of a vulnerable group. But it would also contribute to and maintain an inclusive educational environment that would benefit all students. When we better equip our students to succeed in an increasingly diverse social world, everyone wins. Important note: Please include both your name and address, and please sign this petition ONLY if you are a resident of the Haverford Township School District. Not sure? Here's a map: Sources cited: Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Transgender Legal Update, March 8, 2017, Suicide Attempts Among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adults: Findings of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law,  January 2014.  Available online,

Jean Lutes
596 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Publix Board of Directors, Todd Jones, David Phillips, Charles Jenkins Jr, Jane Finley

Publix: Cover Gender Affirming Healthcare

Publix has always prided itself in doing the right thing like extending benefits to same sex couples, providing healthcare, stock, and retirement options to associates, upholding the integrity, dignity of associates, and providing a safe space for their associates. I have been with the company for 11 years and this holds true on most accounts. However, currently the Publix health plans do not cover gender affirming healthcare--from hormone replacement therapy to gender confirming surgeries. I came out as transgender in the spring of 2016 and have been met with camaraderie and acceptance, but, I am paying out of pocket for my hormone therapy and cannot afford the expenses for surgery. Both the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association state that gender affirming medical procedures are beneficial and essential for some transgender individuals to live a fulfilling life. These procedures are not cosmetic but necessary for my mental health and well being, allowing me to live authentically. I believe with Publix's history of championing the individual and embracing diversity, that covering gender affirming procedures under their health plans makes sense and is the right thing to do. Every week, I pay for my insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield, but it goes largely unused because it doesn't cover the medical care that I need as a transgender person.

Xavier Paul Lopez
67 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to CEO Jim Mangia / St John's Well Child & FamilyCenter, Caitlyn Jenner

Stop Dishonoring the LGBTQ Community By Honoring Caitlyn Jenner!!!

The LGBTQ community demands that organizations STOP allowing Caitlyn Jenner to PURCHASE awards, honors, and accolades as an attempt to mask her damaged rapport with the community at large. Caitlyn Jenner has been nothing but harmful to the LGBTQ community by: *Supporting an administration that has aggressively attacked transgender children, service members in the armed forces, and has reversed civil protections for transgender people which were implemented by President Obama. * Justifying the discrimination & violence against trans women by stating that "they should put people at ease and not make them uncomfortable by looking like men in dresses". * Expressing opposition to same-sex marriage on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show". AND ...In addition to slandering her family in her book for less than $4M and #361 on the Amazon list; SHE was at fault for the death of an elderly woman in a car crash and SUED the dead woman's (Kim Howe) estate. Among the many other atrocities and egregious examples of her lack of empathy, 10/13/17 she went on another media rant blaming Ellen DeGeneres for her tarnished reputation and attempting to draw sympathy from mainstream media-- who are unaware of the tyrant Caitlyn Jenner really is. These are NOT attributes worthy of honor or an award. Caitlyn Jenner's values and ideology aren't those that the LGBTQ community; especially trans people, would look for in someone as a "representative". When organizations honor Caitlyn Jenner despite the fact that their mission & vision are the antithesis of what Jenner stands for; it expresses tolerance for Caitlyn's harmful actions, which ultimately breaks their promise to protect and advocate for the vulnerable, at risk populations they serve. St John's Well Child & Family Center is supposed to uphold that promise. They are a health clinic that offers services to the transgender community; which are delivered by a staff of dedicated transgender individuals. We believe the decision to publicly award Caitlyn Jenner on 10/21/17 at the TransNation Film Festival's Eleganza night is a terrible mistake. The decision was made without considerable input from the transgender staff at St. John's who are also community members above all else. We know that Caitlyn has given money to St John's, and we know that the higher-ups want more from her. The transgender staff are already working extremely hard to deliver vital services and now have been put in the very difficult position of having to take backlash from the community for decisions that were above their heads. Transgender people who work in the non-profit sector are typically only one pay check away from being in the same position as the demographic they serve. Being that transgender people in particular face economic hardships that are disproportionate to other members of the LGBTQ community, challenging problematic politics such as those excercised by St. John's and other other organizations puts them at risk. Caitlyn has given small donations ($25,000-$50,000) that are only a fraction of what she makes purely on the annual interest of her reported net worth of $100 million dollars. Her tax breaks mean more to her than the issues that affect the LGBTQ community and our overall wellbeing. Her contributions do not make up for her awful track record and the massive amount of harm she has caused to the transgender & LGBTQ community at large.  The LGBTQ community has given Caitlyn Jenner SEVERAL attempts to right her wrongs, but her cognitive dissonance and stubborn arrogance have prevented her from formally apologizing to us and vowing to do better.  Therefore; we (Trans Liberation Now) ask that St. John's Well Child & Family Center rescind their award/honor on 10/21/17. Failure to meet that demand will result in a demonstration at the Eleganza Gala located at: The Cicada Club- 617 S Olive Street in Downtown Los Angeles at 6:30pm We will NO LONGER be Caitlyn Jenner's PR props or puppets to her propaganda! We will NOT allow her to carry on as if she is the Christopher Columbus of Trans Identity or the Trans Christ and savior.  We will NOT continue to allow her to pimp our narratives out for profit, an use us as social experiments that she can mold into an extension of the Kardashian brand. We will NOT allow her to continue building her divisive caste system pins white trans people against black & brown trans people!  We will NOT allow her to bully her way into safe spaces that are designated for those whom her political & social efforts have harmed! We will NOT allow her to carry-on like the Trans Harvey Weinstein & harrass other trans women and abuse her privilege & status! AND Caitlyn Jenner is a humanitarian fraud and we will  NO LONGER allow her to make false claims that her foundation (The Caitlyn Jenner Foundation) is benefitting ALL trans people when there are ZERO people of color on her staff or board (non-reflective of those she claims to serve) AND-- we will NO LONGER allow her to use her foundation as a self-congratulatory tool to lend credibility to her status as an influential figure within the LGBTQ community. Example: Transnation's film festival's Eleganza Gala is honoring Caitlyn Jenner along with Jazzmun Nichcala Crayton (Activist, Actress, Community Advocate). The organizer & curator for the TransNation film festival is ALSO the president of The Caitlyn Jenner Foundation!! Instead of allowing a hard working, well respected African-American trans woman have her moment, Caitlyn Jenner used it as an opportunity to center herself by having Zackary Drucker her President, honor HER at this event! Help us put a STOP to this! Your signature(s) will tell St. John's Well Child & Family Center & other organizations to: STOP DISHONORING THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY BY HONORING CAITLYN JENNER!! Thank you!!!   

Ashlee Marie Preston
2,296 supporters