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Petition to Aaron Obrochta (Navy), United States Military, Sgt. Abianni, Navy, LT Keide Kerrick Akinola, CAPT Stuart Craig, SFC Camilo Batista, Ronnie L. Simonsen, Air Force

United States Military: Lift the Ban on Transgender People in the Military

Transgender people are banned from joining the military. Sign this petition to help get the ball rolling: We need as many people as possible to support this cause in order to show the government this is an important cause. "Don't ask don't tell" isn't over yet. The military still discriminates against transgender people. Don't ask don't tell only affected sexual orientation. Gender Dysphoria is now the classification in the DSW medical book so the military has no reason to discriminate based on the fact that a mental health diagnosis can prevent transgender people from serving in the military. Unfortunately, at this time they can prevent transgender people from serving in the United Stated military. Add transgender people the the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. Let equal rights and safety for all transgender people be possible! Don't ask, don't tell needs to be repealed for all, including transgender individuals. All transgender people deserve the same rights as every other United States citizen serving the country. Be that serving openly in the military, marrying the person they love or just walking down the street without risking being beaten or killed just because we live our lives differently than thinks is the "proper" way.Here are some articles about it: The New DADT: The Military's Ban on Transgender Service: and About one in 11,000 male babies and one in 30,000 female babies are born with Dysphoria. There are approximately 700,000 Transgender adults in the U.S., and about 15,450 service members who identify as transgender — 8,800 active, 6,650 in the National Guard and reserves, and 134,350 veterans. About 20% of the roughly 700,000 Transgender people in the United States have been a part of the military at some point in time. Transgender folks have served in every conflict in our nation’s history. One in five Transgender adults have served in the Armed Forces. Nearly one in ten Transgender Veterans report having been discharged due to their gender identity. Transgender people make up 0.6% of the 21.8 million U.S. Veterans; roughly 1 in 200. As of December 2013, being Transgender in the U.S. military is considered a psychological disorder and is grounds for dishonorable discharge. In 2013, the Veterans Affairs Department treated 2,567 Veterans with the diagnosis of gender dysphora with transgender-specific care, according to Ndidi Mojay, a V.A. spokeswoman. In sharp contrast, while Transgender people are prohibited from serving openly in the United States, thirteen foreign countries allow open transgender military service, in some capacity. These countries are: Australia Brazil Belgium Canada Czech Republic Israel Netherlands New Zealand Spain Sweden Thailand United Kingdom Uruguay There are hundreds of reports and statistics from our allies in which transgender service has had no impact; very similar to our own experiences with the repeal of DADT. dad always dreamed of me joining the Coast Guard. As a kid, like passing by, he'd be like "That’s the Coast Guard. They pay for school and its fun." So, it stuck. Passing by the Coast Guard with my dad was just as important as going to a nature walk with him, because he was concerned about my future, and those times I’ll never forget. Please sign the petition to help his dream and mine for other transgender people come true. This is why we need to change this regulation.

Jason Bartlett
4,640 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania Governor, Pennsylvania State Senate

Provide Access to Puberty Blockers for Transgender Youth

In December of 2014, a 17-year-old girl named Leelah Alcorn took her own life. Leelah knew she’d never get to be the person she knew she was because she was denied the medical treatment that she sought by her family. Leelah wanted her death to mean something. She wanted her story to spur others to promote understanding of transgender people. Our organization was inspired by her last wishes.We are Trans Minors Rights; an organization in Pennsylvania advocating for and empowering transgender youth. We are pushing for legislation that would allow young people to make their own decisions regarding puberty blockers. Our proposition is that transgender minors ages 14 and up in Pennsylvania should have legal and confidential access to puberty blockers. This coincides with the current law in Pennsylvania that allows minors (14+) to access birth control without requiring consent from a parent. Puberty blockers are similar to birth control in that they do not make any permanent changes to the body and normal bodily functions resume after stopping treatment. The American Academy of Pediatrics has proven that puberty blockers increase the quality of life for young transgender people (much in the same way that birth control increases the quality of life for young females).40% of transgender people attempt suicide at some point in their lives (The Trevor Project). The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association agree that gender dysphoria is a serious condition and the best method of managing the symptoms is acknowledgement and encouragement in their transition. Unfortunately, many young people don’t receive the support that they need from their families.By signing this petition, you move us one step closer to introducing a new bill to congress that would allow minors (14+) in Pennsylvania to be able to access puberty blockers without the requirement of consent from a parent or legal guardian. This will give them time to explore their gender identities and discuss the next steps in their transitions with their loved ones. Our dream is to start at the state level and eventually get similar bills passed across the U.S. These protections for transgender youth could save hundreds of lives.Thank you for your support and don’t forget to share this petition with friends and loved ones.

Trans Minors Rights Execs
20 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
59,385 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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