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transgender rights

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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 her family denied her the medical treatment that she needed to transition. 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
717 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Psychology Today, Jo Colman

Psychology Today Needs to Add Gender Options

Online therapist directories that allow potential clients to filter therapists by gender should include at least three gender options. Beyond traditional options of male and female, gender options should include (but not be limited to) trans and non-binary. The leading therapist directory in the country, Psychology Today, does not allow their website visitors to filter for therapists that identify as transgender and/or non-binary. Why should therapist directories have a Trans/Non-binary gender option? People who identify outside of a gender binary (or do not identify as cisgender male or female) should be able to easily find a therapist who similarly identifies. It’s as simple as that. Many clients seek a therapist who has had similar experiences in life, and those clients should be able to easily and quickly search for one on a therapist directory. What Psychology Today has done recently is not good enough Recently, Psychology Today has included categories that therapists can select and display on their profile, including “Transgender Allied.”  While this is definitely a step in the right direction and has been a long time coming, these new categories cannot be searched by people that are trying to filter therapist listings on the Psychology Today directory.  Not adding trans or non-binary as gender options that can be searched easily sends a powerful message about what genders Psychology Today thinks are more important. Therapist directories need to evolve with the times The mental health landscape is evolving quickly. Stigma around mental illness is waning, and more people than ever before are seeking to work with a therapist. Mental health benefits are now included in all insurance plans because of the Affordable Care Act. People who are a part of marginalized communities, especially those vulnerable to mental health issues, should be able to access counseling services easily. As a more diverse population starts reaching out for mental health services, therapist directories have a responsibility to evolve with the times and meet the demand. The undersigned urge Psychology Today to add (at least) a third gender option (trans/non-binary) to their online directory listings.Petition created by these therapist directories:TherapyDenGaylestaBay Area Open Minds

Jeff Guenther
1,712 supporters