transgender rights

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Petition to Ruth Johnson

Update Michigan Birth Certificate Gender Change Requirements

In 2016, Michigan changed its laws about how to obtain a change in gender marker on Michigan driver's licenses by allowing a US passport with the updated gender to serve as sufficient proof of gender change. This was a great first step. However, now the time has come that changing a Michigan birth record should follow the same process. In our current political climate, there is a growing concern among transgender people about "bathroom bills" which require that one must use the bathroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate. As a transgender person who was born in Michigan, I am unable to update my birth certificate to the proper gender. Not only do I have concerns about my safety, but I also have concerns about legal implications if I were to visit a place with a "bathroom bill" in place. The current laws in Michigan require that a person wishing to change their gender on their birth certificate must undergo sex-reassignment surgery. As the law is currently worded, many people assume that this means the person transitioning must undergo bottom surgery (surgery related to the genitals). As a female-to-male transgender person, it will cost me upwards of $50,000 to get this surgery, while for male-to-female individuals it will cost roughly 1/2 of what I would pay-- still very expensive. Frankly, bottom surgery is nearly unobtainable for many people simply due to cost. Additionally, the health risks of bottom surgery are high. For this reason, many transgender people do not wish to pursue it. However, top surgery (chest reconstruction surgery) also fulfills this requirement. For most transgender people, top surgery does not occur for years after they have started their transition, also due to a relatively high cost. Often times transgender people pass long before they have top surgery. This means that, even though these people are consistently perceived as a certain gender, their birth certificate says something else. Please sign this petition to voice your support for the transgender community and to demand change to this outdated law. Surgery should not be required!

Brennan A.
1,206 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Walt Disney Company, Marvel, FOX News, FOX Broadcasting Company, Scarlett Johansson, Rupert Sanders, CNN, BBC, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, New York Times, Viacom, ABC, CBS, NBC, USA Today, HuffPost, Hollywood Reporter

Transgender Actors for Transgender Roles - NO #SCARJO #CISHET WASHING

Scarlett Johansson, ScarJo, has recently announced she'll be taking a role of a Transgender man in a film directed by Rupert Sanders (Ghost in the Shell) called "Rub & Tug" focusing on a Pittsburgh 1970s 1980s massage parlor and prostitution business ran by a Transgender Man - Dante 'Tex' Gill.  This type of casting is highly problematic because by casting Cisgender Actors into transgender roles, and then to have them accepting Oscars in their Cis Appearances for said roles, it only reinforces the stereotype that Transgender People are only pretending to be what they are.  Jared Leto accepting the Oscar in full beard and suit for his Role in "Dallas Buyers Club" as a transwoman only led to the misconception that Transwomen aren't women, they're men.  This is wrong, because when men find themselves attracted to trans women they have anxiety about that because of their own internalized homophobia and transphobia and they’ve gotten this message that trans women are really men and then this leads to violence and even DEATH.  This can also be said about violence and misunderstanding when it comes to Transmen!  Look at the life and murder of Brandon Teena, another Transgender Man who's story wasn't told by a transgender person ... but Cis/Het washed and portrayed by Hillary Swank in 1999!   More disturbing is the nonchalant response Scar Jo has given in response to outcry of accepting her "Rub & Tug" role - "Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment."  Even Jeffrey Tambor himself has said about his Emmy Award winning role portraying a transwoman - "Please give transgender talent a chance.  Give them auditions. Give them their story. I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television."  Clearly, ScarJo has no concern for the trans community and the many concerns about a cis actor portraying a trans character.  Scarlette seems only more concerned with all the media attention she can get for taking on the part, how many Oscars she can win and how much money she can make off the backs of a marginalized community while putting them at severe RISK. As a result, not only do I proposed that we protest any film or productions that Scarlett Johansson and Rupert Sanders are involved in but also a total boycott of Disney and Marvel related films and merchandise since ScarJo portrays Black Widow in their very successful series of Marvel films- at least until Scarlett Johansson drops this role and Rupert Sanders' projects altogether OR Disney/Marvel drops Scarlett as the Black Widow (either by killing the character off or recasting altogether).  This protest, boycott and petition needs a lot of media attention as well - as to put pressure on the Actress and Studios involved.  If Hollywood and the Entertainment Industry cares about the LGBTQIA community, it's time they showed it.  Thank you.

Sasha Munro
16 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives

Change the Selective Service requirement for Transgender People Assigned Male at Birth

I am a 24-year-old transgender nonbinary individual born biologically male. I reside in the Portland metro area here in Oregon. I am living at home with family who is low-income, so I have limited resources when it comes to getting vocational opportunities. I am totally blind and hard-of-hearing. Although I am petitioning a problem that has been around for a long time, I am not arguing on the basis of disability. About six years ago, when I graduated high school and attempted to get federal student aid through the FAFSA web-site in the fall of 2012, I was informed by a community college financial aid office that I wouldn’t be able to make progress until I had registered with selective service.   What is Selective Service? The Military Selective Service Act, passed and signed on May 18, 1917, was designed to require people who identify as male, or are assigned male at birth to register upon reaching the age of 18 and no later than their twenty-sixth birthday. Why did Congress pass this law, and why did they only require males to register? At the time that this went into effect, people who identified as female had little freedom to work outside the house and perform manual labour. At that time, it was believed that females were incapable of fulfilling combat roles the way males could. So, the military began putting restriction on these roles for females. Given the ten major wars we fought, our country has developed strategies to call people to do their duty for Uncle Sam, even if they didn't agree with it. Failure to register for Selective Service would result in a huge fine, or five years imprisonment. Also, considering the recent wars in Vietnam and Korea, some people expressed their beliefs that the draft has been overused rather than being reserved for actual emergencies. Although this is my opinion, I feel that we as a country have lost almost every good value today. The only thing we're good at is war.   If there hasn't been a draft in a long time, why should males still have to register? Certain benefits are gained by being registered for Selective Service. If you got a job at a federal government agency, you might be required to register for selective service. Likewise, if you attempted to get financial aid to attend college, you will most likely be required to register, as well. Since I do not consider myself to be male, even though I am still considered to be male by the government, I decided, from this point forward, that I would boycott financial aid and other services that depend on Selective Service until they either A. Eliminate the selective service Act altogether, or B. Require that everyone sign up no matter what sex or gender they were assigned at birth.   Here's some of the problems we're dealing with, at the moment. The federal government is still based on the gender binary. Oregon, and probably Washington, are two of the first states to legally recognise gender non-binary individuals. I changed my gender on my new state ID card to reflect this new law early this year.The other problem is that this society, like most societies, is male-dominated, especially by cisgender heterosexual males, which means that this is probably going to be harder to fight. Before making this petition, I attempted to find out whether I would have a legal argument to file litigation with the Selective Service or any other branch of the United States government on the basis that selecting, picking out, or subjecting a specific group of individuals on the basis of sex and gender constituted as discrimination, which is illegal in almost all jurisdictions. In this last round of contacting different legal organisations, an attorney informed me that this matter of a substantially similar nature has already been addressed by the United States Supreme court in the case of Rostker v. Goldberg, 448 U.S. 1306, 101 S.Ct. 1, 65 L.Ed.2d 1098 (1980).   This is part of what my attorney said.At that time, the Court held in a six to three decision that Congress's decision to exempt women from registration 'was not the "accidental by-product of a traditional way of thinking about females"'. The Court found that men and women, because of combat restrictions on the latter, were not 'similarly situated' for the purposes of draft registration. The Court also upheld Congress's judgment that the administrative and military problems that would be created by drafting women for noncombat roles were sufficient to justify the Military Selective Service Act. Although the military has been relenting on this position in recent years, there is no legal precedent stating that the Constitution requires it to do so. One of the members of the National Centre for Transgender and Intersex equality informed one of the queer resource centre's coordinators a year ago that there have been some effort made by congress to eliminate Selective Service, but as of today, it still remains unclear what the future will hold. They might either eliminate it, or expand the registration to females. They might forget about it and keep things as they are. I decided that if they weren't going to change this policy, we would have to petition them. So, What's the next step? I think that you (and I) as private citizens, should come together and make our voices heard and redefine what America was meant to be, a country where all human beings, not men, are created equal. The supreme court ruled in favour of same sex marriage in 2016, and as a result, people of the same sex can legally marry in all fifty states including the territories.. Judges have been working on blocking Trump’s attempts at banning transgender service members from joining the military. We would need to work at lifting the combat restrictions on female soldiers so Congress would be forced to reconsider mandatory registrations for everybody. The only time people should be excluded or exempted is if they were full-time parents or if they had a disability or chronic illness, but it should never be based on gender or sex. Those belong in the nineteenth century, and it's already the twenty-first century. A little over a hundred-one years and we're still dealing with this problem.   If we can change this for future LGBTQIA community, you can help me out by being one of the first to help make change to allow anyone, not just transgender individuals, who are male or were assigned male at birth, to attend the college of their choice and receive financial student aid, if they can't afford paying for college, without having to worry that they will have to sign up for selective service simply because they were told that only males are required to register. If Selective Service is here to stay, then people should get assurance that everyone would be required to register. If jury duty does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender, Selective Service ought to be the same. I had a great chance to go to college and pursue a career in biotechnology to help develop new methods for transgender reproduction and reassignment several years ago, but because of this unequal treatment and ideologies I disagree with, all of my plans came to naught. I don't want others in my position to experience what I went through. For now, I plan to make a living by being an advocate for my people and my community.   Please share his petition far and wide. Get the media involved. Send this to any political advocacy organisations and help bring this to victory.

Ulysses Garcia
27 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Execitive Director of Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services, Attorney General: Jim Hood

Birth certificate changes to be less transphobic and more inclusive!!

Mississippi has very transphobic laws on the books for your gender marker change and name change. You not only have to petition the court and it must have exact wording. To the effect of John doe is changing his name on his birth certificate. You also have to a letter from your practitioner saying that you have transitioned. This is transphobic in nature and segregating a section of people that are already marginalized and mistreated. I'm trying to update my children's birth certificates so that my new name is reflected on them. I have to go through the courts again to get this done with specific language. I am attaching below of what they require for each. I want to have less issues when saying to schools and such when I'm not technically on their certificates now. This is an email from their office directly to me!!!: Good morning, we can’t use the court order that you was issued to correct your children’s birth certificate unless that court order mentions or states to change the father’s name on the children’s birth certificate. Mississippi will issue an amended birth certificate upon receipt of "a certified court order, a medical statement that attests to the reassignment, and the required fee." Miss. Admin. Code 15-5-85:3.21. Mississippi Vital Records will issue an amended birth certificate with the legally updated name and sex as a "marginal notation", meaning the birth certificate will show both names and both genders. To apply for an updated birth certificate the applicant should submit the court ordered name change, the court ordered gender change, the medical statement and the applicable fee to Mississippi Vital Records, 222 Marketridge Dr. Ridgeland, MS 39157. 

Jailyn Sherman
7 supporters