Petition to Azerbaijan government
Azerbaijan - Stop arresting, torturing and humiliating LGBT+ people.
Over the last several days, LGBT+ activists in Azerbaijan have reported a sudden crackdown on people who do not correspond with ‘national traditional values.’ Eyewitness reports claim authorities have detained over 100 LGBT+ people. Beaten them, verbally abusing and forcing medical examinations on transgendered people. Some reports even suggest authorities are shaving the hair of transgender women. Ayaz Efendiyev of the Justice Party called for the arrests to continue. He said in a statement: ‘Western circles are trying to destroy our national traditions under the name of ‘human rights. He describes LGBTI people as ‘creatures who are sources of immorality, dangerous diseases, and who have been cursed by God.’ It wasn't so long ago we were fighting to help the gay men of Chechnya, now it's happening again and we can't just stand by. We need your help to call for prompt, effective and thorough investigations into the reports of torture and humiliation of gay and transgendered people in Azerbaijan. Anyone found guilty or complicit in such crimes must be brought to justice. Once the petition gets a decent amount of signatures, we will deliver it by hand to the Azerbaijan embassy in Central London and peacefully protest. Please be vocal and ask your MP's to speak out. We've said 'never again' too many times. Enough is enough. LGBT+ rights are human rights.
Petition to Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Simon Stevens, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh
Allow transgender people over the age of 16 to access hormone therapy.
According to current NHS protocol, transgender people aged 16 or above are legally granted access to hormone replacement therapy, involving the administration of cross-sex hormones (eg. testosterone for trans boys) to the person in question in order to achieve desired secondary sex characteristics. However, this is only the case if the person has been receiving hormone blockers for at least one year - irregardless of how long they have known they were transgender, or their personal situation. I want 16-year-olds to be capable of receiving hormone treatment regardless of whether they've completed the year on hormone blockers that is required at the moment, providing it is deemed appropriate by the psychologists at the gender identity clinics. Hormone blockers allow some 'thinking time', and prevent any further changes hormones in the body would implement. I fully appreciate the fact that a small number of people, after exploring their gender, come to the conclusion that they identify with the gender they were assigned at birth (otherwise called being cisgender) - however, this being said, these aren't transgender people; these are people who have explored their gender and have looked at the topic with a more open perspective. 96% of trans people reported a better quality of life after transitioning, and considering the fact that 59% of trans people under 26 years old surveyed said they had attempted suicide, it would be quite inappropriate and careless to refuse medical intervention when it is legal and approved - gender therapy is involved, in which they decide whether the candidate is suitable for treatment; it isn't a simple process anyway. I find it very difficult to understand why I have to wait another year - face another year of the transphobic harassment and misgendering because of my lack of secondary male characteristics, another year of being wholly uncomfortable in my own body - just because someone is concerned that I'll 'change my mind', even though I am of legal age to make my own choice around transitioning medically. Clearly, they regard their statistics for medical transitioning as much more important than the lives of the 618,000 trans* people in the UK alone. To me, that doesn't sound like the ideal NHS 'caring for all' image we're reminded of. So why should it continue to be the case?
Petition to NHS/Tavistock , NHS, tavistock , GIDs
Increase NHS finding and staff for GIDS
My name is Jay, and I’m a 16 year old transman based in London. My reason for starting this petition is due to the fast increasing demand for appointments for GIDS (the Tavistock), yet no improvements are made regarding the amount of staff and support that the Tavistock recieves. This leaves desperate teens and adults left in despair as they are unable to continue with their transition as soon as possible, and can be dangerous for some as gender dysphoria is even the cause of suicide among the trans community. More funding is needed by the NHS as the health and safety of LGBT people, or just anyone in general, should be a larger priority. If you sign this, it could help thousands of people across the country become themselves in a more efficient manner, and also receive any psychological support along the way. Thank you for taking the time to read this, I do hope you will sign. Have a good day! :)
Petition to DR Charlotte Jones
What I want to achieve is to improve the services in Wales for Transgender People.
During 2017 Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announced plans in August to open a gender identity clinic in Cardiff but the British Medical Association said "there was no confidence a proper service would be provided". Which saw the hopes and dreams of many transgender people put out due to an "opinion" yes, I said "opinion" because how would they know unless they try? The Welsh Government said "it was committed to the new clinic". Why not give the women and men of Wales a chance? Because currently, transgender patients in Wales are referred to the Gender Identity Clinic in London, which adds to the cost and time it takes to get access healthcare which some patients can't afford. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in demand for transgender health services in Wales, and I believe everyone should be able to be themselves, and have access to said treatments. In my honest opinion Welsh patients of the NHS suffering with Gender Dysphoria are getting treated unfairly, and my proposal is that you name a person in Wales that British Medical Association deems Confident and oversee's the practice. Vaughan Gething said: "As part of our commitment to improve health and well-being for all, this year we made additional funding available within the Welsh Government budget to improve gender identity provision in Wales". I believe that our government was trying to help improve the lives of many by taking such measures, Dr Charlotte Jones, the current Chair woman of the BMA Cymru Wales GP Committee has also expressed confidence in the Welsh Government's proposal by saying: "GPC Wales is delighted to see how Welsh Government has taken a proactive approach to listening and addressing the holistic care needs that the transgender community has. We’re also pleased that this will involve GPs with specialist interest being a pivotal part of the proposed service, and all GPs involved in the patient journey, with clarity on referral pathways being a first for the UK." If this is made a reality we could see an improvement not just in health needs but an improvement in the lively hoods of those suffering, and to those surrounding them such as family and friends. So please sign not just for you but for the many of those suffering !
Petition to Papanui High School
Let Trans Kids Use Whatever Bathroom They Want
My school is all for equality and regularly preaches about how everybody deserves to have basic human rights. But recently I learned that my friend (female, previously male) has to walk all they way to student support in order to complete the simple task of using the bathroom (a basic human right) . Apparently her using the womens bathroom will make people uncomfortable, but it's not just her that struggles with this issue, heaps of kids have to use the bathroom of the gender they either no longer identitfy with or they just can't use any at all, which is hardly fair. Transgender people, or anyone who identifies as something other then the one they were born as already have to deal with so much nonsense and using the bathroom should not have to be one of them. I am hoping that by creating this petition my school will see that transgender individuals using the bathroom that conform to their gender identity will not make the other students unsafe or uncomfortable and if someone is uncomfortable with it they can simply pull their head out of their ass and get over themselves.
Petition to OPUS : Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society
OPUS, cease support & promotion of Transphobic speech in academia
We ask that OPUS cease support and promotion for the event “Attacks on Thinking in the Age of LGBTQWIIAP+” on the 23rd September 2017. We believe that the dishonest and exclusionary approach put forward in the event is, rather than being an expression of free speech, stifling the very possibility of a productive conversation about the issues the event is purporting to raise. Furthermore, this approach signals a dangerous refusal either to engage honestly with current knowledge regarding transgender issues, or to seek to move beyond a political frame informed by cisgender privilege. The promotional material for this event argues that increasing mainstream acceptance of notions of “gender fluidity, intersexuality [and] transsexuality” constitutes a threat to the impartiality of researchers and academics. The example provided is Rebecca Tuvel’s article “In Defence of Transracialism,” for which the journal Hypatia subsequently issued an apology. We believe that this example constitutes a misrepresentation both of the content of the article itself and the controversy created by it. Firstly, to claim that Tuvel suggests “similarities between transracialism and trans-sexuality” implies an investigation of these concepts which is absent from her article, the object of which is (as the title suggests) a political defence of transracialism. Secondly, even a cursory examination of the criticisms directed towards the article, such as the open letter to Hypatia, the public apology by Cressida Heyes or the many commentaries by scholars working in the field of critical race theory and transgender studies will reveal far more substance to these criticisms than a challenge to the “legitimacy” of questions she may or may not have raised. Rather, they refer to serious and potentially damaging theoretical and ethical failures. In particular, it was argued that the dehistoricization of the categories of gender and race and the reduction of these categories to interchangeable axes of oppression is harmful because it seeks to conceal and thus legitimate the particular history of conceptual and literal violence which accompanies these categories and which is not, as the article alleges, confined to the past but continues to this day in the form of racist and transphobic discrimination. Again, we can only assume that the decision to characterize these arguments as “attacks on thought” is, in and of itself, an attempt to delegitimize forms of political critique which are, in fact, highly relevant to the issues this event proposes to cover. Again, we wish to stress that this is not an attempt to shut down much needed examination and critique, both in the field of psychotherapy and in academia more broadly, of therapeutic approaches to treating transgender people. However, we believe that this process must be attentive to and engaged with the consequences which transgender people may face as a result, and should where possible seek to include transgender perspectives and to invite dialogue. We do not believe that framing critique of the political implications of knowledge as “attacks on thought”, or denying the legitimacy of transgender perspectives by presenting those who hold them as bullying activists or passive victims who are “shepherded into hormonal and surgical treatment” meets this standard. Similarly, we question the necessity or relevance of a conversation about transgender identities which resists critique, refuses engagement beyond disciplinary lines and which treats transgender people themselves as problems, rather than as the potential beneficiaries of such a conversation. Above all, we find it deeply alarming that OPUS is facilitating a public event featuring a speaker with a history of outspoken transphobic and unsupported social media statements, such as comparing sex reassignment surgery to genital mutilation or voluntary amputation and equating gender with the possession of chromosomes. That this event utilizes misleading information to present a narrative in which the diversity of gender expression is presented as a threat to researchers and academics is particularly disturbing. The past century has provided many examples of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology being wielded against LGBTQ+ persons. Whether it was Jung’s claims of ‘curing homosexuality’, or more recently, Nicolosi, who in his CV “would revive this now-abandoned body of case studies and psychoanalytic literature written by the founding fathers and mothers of his profession” to found NARTH, one of the largest 'gay conversion therapy' movements in the USA, the delegitimation and removal of agency from LGBTQ+ persons is dangerous. Particularly when medical accessibility is already difficult for transgender individuals. We suggest, conversely, that the practice of psychotherapy entails a degree of influence and the ability to play a role in shaping the future treatment of transgender individuals, who are at widespread and demonstrable risk of attacks to the legitimacy of their gendered identities, attacks on their inclusion within the rights and privileges accorded to human beings and ultimately attacks on their physical person. To this end, we hope you will agree that this event does not meet your stated organizational aims of promoting understanding of social processes, or of encouraging responsible citizenship. Thomas Sparrow, Doctoral Candidate in Gender Studies.Shehzad Raj, Doctoral Candidate in Psychoanalysis.