Petition to Joseph Vitale, Loretta Weinberg, Mila Jasey, Troy Singleton, M. Teresa Ruiz, Kevin Rooney, David Russo, Richard Codey, John McKeon, Jay Webber, BettyLou DeCroce, Joseph Pennacchio, Anthony Bucco, Parker Space, Gail Phoebus, Nancy Munoz, Jon Bramnick, Thomas Kean, Phil Murphy, Sheila Oliver, Tim Eustace, Paul Sarlo, Samuel Thompson, Linda Greenstein, Patrick Diegnan, Sandra Cunningham, Dawn Addiego, Steven Oroho, Declan O'Scanlon, Nilsa Cruz-Perez, Brian Stack
New Jersey: Pass Bill NJ S478
On May 5, 2013, a bill was introduced to the New Jersey Assembly (NJ A4097) the summary of the bill and its sponsors can be found here (https://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/A4097/2012 The purpose of this bill was to amend the process of changing one's birth certificate gender marker and removing the surgical requirement that would force transgender individuals to undergo this procedure if they wished to make such a change. Sadly, this bill was vetoed by Chris Christie on January 13, 2014. Today, New Jersey is being led by a new governor, and a new bill has been introduced on January 9th, 2018 and it's our job to make our voices heard so this bill will pass and the change that is so desperately required will be implemented. The information regarding NJ S478 can be found here (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp?BillNumber=S478 For me, this is personal, I am a transgender girl who wishes to change her name and gender marker on my driver's license and other legal documents which is relatively easy. However, on my birth certificate, I would have to undergo a procedure that I honestly don't think I would ever want to have performed for personal reasons. The current law that is put in place, blocks me from changing my gender marker, creating a further legal hassle in the future when applying for colleges, careers, loans, and the other multitude of applications should a mismatch occur. For many, myself including, having the ability to change something that might seem so small to others, changing an M to an F or vice versa might look as a minuscule change but its who we are. It's who we identify as, its the struggle that we go through when transitioning, breaking past the social norm of gender to be who we want to be. This new bill must make it to the governor's desk and pass in order to bring the change to this state that has been long overdue. The current requirements are predated and drastic, not taking into account what each individual wishes to do in terms of who they are and how they identify. The medical practices of transitioning have grown so far beyond changing ourselves surgically, to taking hormones that will change our bodies to match the chemistry of our mind to simply dressing differently to feel at peace. Our society is heavily based on the black and white system of gender, with no gray in the middle. Individuals are defined by what's between their legs and not what's in their head, a brain that makes each and every one of us unique, with our own story. This bill is the next step in bringing change to our state, moving forward in the right direction to help myself, and the thousands of others who suffer from gender dysphoria and the mark on their birth certificate that automatically defines them as an individual. Our laws must adapt with the changing times, and together, all of us, everyone who signs this petition and shares it with others will be the driving force to bring the change to the State of New Jersey and possibly, the United States. Thank you so much for your time and understanding my story, we are all unique and beautiful in our own way! Stay positive and remember, one person can bring change if they try hard enough... Thank you, Emma Beyer
Petition to YouTube
Stop targeting Trans* YouTubers!
Trans* YouTubers like Chase Ross, Ty Turner, Stef Sanjati, and many more are being flagged, demonetized by YouTube's algorithms, deleted, and now their videos are getting Anti-LGBT ads put on them. This has to stop! Their videos have helped thousands of Trans* youth, young adults, and older adults become educated in transgender issues; such as mental health, safe sex, and examples of medical treatments. Now, many are facing threats of having their channels deleted from YouTube because of large groups targeting the LGBT* community. Many people in the Trans* community have been impacted in such a positive way by these well known YouTubers, including myself (a Transgender Man), and need people like them to turn to when we have no one else. We need to work together to put an end to the people targeting these channels and ask that YouTube fix the problem their company is creating. If we win, we can make sure these and many other Trans* YouTubers are able to continue educating and changing the way people see the LGBT* community for the better.
Petition to Tom Brinkman, Paul Zeltwanger
Protect the Gender Identity of LGBTQ+ Youth in Ohio
If you thought that the U.S. is a golden paradise for transgender youth, then you are sadly mistaken, my friend. We're back at it again, fighting to defend the rights of LGBTQ+ youth from unfair and potentially dangerous legislations created in the name of so-called “parental rights.” Introducing Ohio House Bill 658, brought to you by none other than Tom Brinkman and Paul Zeltwanger. To quote directly from Section 2131.141 of the bill itself (which you can download a PDF copy of here), “The parents, guardian, or custodian, in exercising the fundamental right to care for their child, may withhold consent for gender dysphoria treatment or activities that are designed and intended to form a child's conceptions of sex and gender. The state, its agents, and political subdivisions shall not infringe upon or impede the exercise of this right.” Which, if you don't speak politician, means seven things for transgender youth living in Ohio and the people that support them: This bill gives parents the right to deny their child treatment for gender dysphoria, which is a serious condition that can lead to mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and/or suicidal thoughts and attempts if left untreated. Treatment of any kind (including surgeries, hormonal treatment, and talk therapy) cannot be administered to transgender youth without the consent of each parent. So even if one parent supports the child in question, all it takes is the other one to refuse the treatments in order to prevent the child from transitioning. Parents have the right to dictate what kind of treatment their child will undergo in regards to their child's gender dysphoria diagnosis, including the option to give the child “treatments” (such as conversion therapy) that can damage the child, psychologically or otherwise. Parents also have the right to prevent their child from even attending or participating in classes or using educational materials regarding the topic of transgenderism. This effectively prevents schools and LGBTQ+ centers from giving help to trans youth, even when it's blatantly obvious that the parents are being of no help whatsoever. If schools notice a student displaying symptoms of gender dysphoria or expressing a gender different from their assigned sex, they are required by law to notify each parent, thus outing the child without the child's consent and against their will, regardless of how the parents may respond to this type of situation. No government agency can intervene or take adverse action in the event that a child's parents deny the child treatment for gender dysphoria. So technically it doesn't matter if the parents in question are the most mercilessly transphobic people on the planet; once they refuse treatment, there's nothing that can be done. Anyone caught providing treatment for gender dysphoria without the consent of each parent will be charged with a fourth-degree felony and will be sentenced six months to one and a half years in prison. If this bill is make into law, it will take away the right to privacy and the body autonomy of trans youth across the entire state. If we sit here and let this bill pass, we are effectively giving parents the right to disrespect the legitimate identity of innocent children and teens and deny them medical treatment that could potentially be life-saving. By staying silent, we are telling Brinkman and Zeltwanger that we are okay with keeping trans youth trapped in non-affirming households where the likelihood of these youth committing suicide rises by 250%. The U.S. government is doing absolutely nothing to stop this from happening, so they're already telling the other 49 states that this kind of behavior is acceptable, and who knows how long it will be until more state legislators follow suit? It's up to us to say otherwise. Would you like to support the cause further? Follow this link to another petition to Ohio Governor John Kasich: https://www.change.org/p/john-kasich-block-ohio-house-bill-658?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_signer_receipt_ctrl&utm_campaign=triggered&j=361721&sfmc_sub=575356403&l=32_HTML&u=64266548&mid=7233052&jb=38985
Petition to President of the United States, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson, Dick Durbin, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Cory Booker, Patty Murray, Al Franken, John Cornyn, Tim Kaine, Sherrod Brown, Robert Menendez, Lindsey Graham, Amy Klobuchar, Richard Blumenthal, Robert Casey, Richard Burr, Claire McCaskill, Lamar Alexander, Ron Wyden, Mark Warner, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Barack Obama, Donald Trump
Allow Transgender People Into the U.S. Military
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be accepted or allowed into the U.S. Military because their cost is a "burden." This is extremely disgraceful and an insult to all those who have already given their lives for this country. This is not equality, and this is not "supporting the LGBT community," as he said he does. This is utterly transphobic. Many people who served are going to be left jobless, and many others will no longer be able to fulfill their dreams. This is not okay, and this should not be legal. Trans people are still people.
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!
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.
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.
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.