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 Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVos
President Trump: Meet with trans students before abandoning them!
Less than 48 hours after Attorney General Sessions took over the Department of Justice, DOJ told a federal appeals court it might abandon its defense of the life-saving guidance on the rights of transgender students—even though most courts have agreed with the guidance. Hundreds of thousands of transgender students across the country, together with their families, are scared the Trump administration could be about to abandon defending their rights, safety, and dignity. While the Trump Administration cannot change federal law, eliminating the Title IX guidance would empower bullies and promote discrimination. Before taking such an action, President Trump, Attorney General Sessions and Secretary DeVos should meet with transgender students and their families to hear their stories. To President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Secretary DeVos:As transgender students and former students, and as parents, family members, teachers, and allies of transgender students, we are asking you to meet with transgender students and their families to hear their stories before deciding not to enforce Title IX for all students. Transgender young people are extraordinary and brave. Please listen to their stories.
Petition to North Carolina Governor
#WeAreNotThis: Protect LGBT North Carolinians and #RepealHB2
My name is Lara Americo. I am a transgender woman from Charlotte, North Carolina. On March 23 Governor Pat McCrory signed the most egregious, sweeping, hate-filled anti-LGBT legislation in this country’s history. This is intolerable. I won’t stand for it. And I know you won’t either. Join me in telling Governor McCrory to repeal this horrible law. Since then I have been working nonstop to fight this law. I’m attending rallies, speaking publicly, and making videos in protest. I’m doing this because in one day, my state’s elected officials drastically changed how I live my life. This law – an unprecedented attack on LGBT rights – stripped away discrimination protections for LGBT people across the state and mandated discrimination against transgender people. Can you be refused service in a store because of your sexual orientation? YES. Can you be turned away from a hotel on the basis of your gender identity? YES. We have a chance to reverse this blatant discrimination when the North Carolina General Assembly starts a new legislative session in April. I should be able to use the bathroom, ride the train, go out to lunch, and everything else that any other woman is able to do, without harassment and discrimination. The sad truth is that being transgender in North Carolina can be scary – especially when there is no protection in place for people like me. I do not ask for special treatment, I only ask that I am treated fairly and I am given the ability to live a normal life. But Governor McCrory threatened my safety and that of all LGBT North Carolinians when he signed HB 2 into law. Demand that he work to repeal it now. I know you’ve been working hard to keep transgender students safe in South Dakota and Tennessee, and I hope you’ll continue to fight for all LGBT North Carolinians. We’re counting on you.
Petition to Erica Chan, Talent , Press , Do Won Chang
Raise Awareness for Transgender Models in Forever 21
We are a group of high school students hoping to take a stand on the lack of transgender representation in media. As many transgender youth are forced out of their homes due to lack of acceptance in their families, we believe that it is necessary for major companies, such as Forever 21, to promote transgender models in their advertisements. This is so that young transgender kids, as well as their parents, can feel comfortable seeing people who may not fit into the box our society attempts to build around them. Marketing and advertisement is ingrained in America's DNA; we need to see trans faces in our advertisements in order to normalize the fact that gender and gender expression isn't limited to a binary structure anymore. One in 137 teenagers identify as transgender, and there are over 1.4 million trans adults in the USA (2/23/17 New York Times). Representation for minorities matters, especially for a group as vilified as transgender people. Around 40% of both trans men and women have attempted suicide in their lives, and the most surprising thing is that the statistics continue through every demographic and background. Trans people clearly aren’t getting the support they need in order to understand that their identity is valid and can be supported (1/2014 The Williams Institute). Due to the fact that transgender people don’t have media attention or support, trans youth face discrimination in employment, housing agencies, medical providers and in the military. In fact, transgender youth are four times more likely to have an income of less than $10,000 per year (1/22/15 The Washington Post). Even as adults, 64% of transgender people make less than $25,000 per year (07/21/2015 The Huffington Post) Additionally, transgender youth are two times more likely to be unemployed (1/22/15 The Washington Post). Paul Guequierre from the Human Rights Campaign states that: “Recent CAP polling shows that 73% of voters support protecting transgender people from discrimination in employment. Despite this strong public support, no federal law provides explicit legal protections for transgender workers based on gender identity/expression—and only 17 states and the District of Columbia offer these protections. As a result, transgender workers face higher rates of unemployment and are at greater risk of poverty” (9/6/13 Human Rights Campaign). All these statistics clearly show a lack of economic, emotional, and job support for the transgender community. Not only would trans models be beneficial to transgender people, but it would also help Forever 21. For instance, Vanessa Sheridan from The Huffington Post wrote that companies would able to enlist and retain top talent. Additionally, Forever 21 could “lessen the risk and expense of legal action relative to transgender discrimination claims.” (7/22/13 The Huffington Post). This means that Forever 21 would be safe from legal action and media attention against the company if it becomes more inclusive. Incorporating trans models would also “position a company (especially from a marketing perspective) as a diversity leader within its industry, the larger business community, and society in general.” (7/22/13 The Huffington Post). Lastly, making Forever 21 a trans-inclusive business would “increase the influence of internal branding on the company’s employees, which is often the result of effective, inclusive organizational policies that impact the well-being of all employees.” (7/22/13 The Huffington Post). Therefore, it is imperative that Forever 21 includes trans models in order to benefit both the trans community and the company. We know media attention for trans people won’t fix everything, but we also understand that representation and support from influential corporations can help. Letting young children and parents see trans people even if in a magazine or poster in a mall would help normalize trans youth and reinforce the idea that gender isn’t binary. As many transgender youth are forced out of their homes due to lack of acceptance in their families, we believe that it is necessary for major corporations/companies to promote trans models in their advertisements so that young transgender kids as well as their parents understand and see that gender expression isn’t limited to a binary structure anymore. Therefore, we petition you, Forever 21, to end your track record of transphobic discrimination and accept transgender models. Links to our other social media: Website Instagram
Petition to Chris Sununu
URGENT! New Hampshire Needs a LGBTQ & Allies Resource Hub (One Stop Shop for Our Needs)
Out of the Box Hub Will you sign a petition in support of a new LGBTQ sanctuary? New Hampshire is very beautiful, but it is also one of the states that lacks a LGBTQ Resource Hub (or Center). Out of the BOX Hub http://outoftheboxhub.com/ Whether you’re looking for services and support, searching for LGBT-friendly businesses, are a professional seeking opportunities or training, or looking to take part in fun social activities with the LGBTQ community and its allies, the Hub will exist for ALL of us. It will be a vast array of resources that complement our core service areas—Recovery, Wellness, Family and Youth—so that you can seek additional support and connection when and where you need it. In addition to the above, The Hub (or Center) will provide vital programs and services to support our evolving LGBT community such as drug rehabilitation, counseling, HIV/Aids support services, a medical center, library, theater, support groups, event planning, and more. In order to make our vision a reality, Out of the BOX Hub needs financial, emotional, and physical support. If you identify as LGBTQ or are an ally, please SIGN THIS PETITION and show other NH residents that you believe the Hub can provide a safe place where people of the LGBTQ community can get together with allies and have their needs met with respect and decency. Your generosity will help contribute to this cause. WILL YOU SIGN? Out of the BOX HubJazmynne Young, Executive Director188 N. Main Street Ste 1 #4Concord, NH 03301Office 347-687-4295Cell 562-826-2900https://www.facebook.com/groups/LGBTQNewHampshire/ "BECOME THE CHANGE, YOU WANT TO SEE"
Petition to Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Directors
Petition Pullman Regional Hospital to Offer Gender Confirmation Surgery
The Board of Directors is accepting public comment regarding the performance of gender confirmation ("reassignment") surgery at Pullman Regional Hospital from June 12 to July 3, 2017. Learn more here. Signers of this petition convey two important messages: 1. We strongly encourage Pullman Regional Hospital to offer gender confirmation surgery if the doctor, staff, and facility are equipped and available to do so. To offer such a surgery affirms Pullman Regional Hospital's commitment to serving a diverse and ever changing population of patients in the region as well as supports a doctor simply attempting to advance his training and expand medical offerings to the community; and 2. We strongly disagree with the need for a public call for comments on something as private and confidential as the medical needs of Pullman Regional Hospital's patients. While internal and external political pressures may have forced the Hospital to consider it prudent to collect public comments, the availability of medical procedures for an individual or group of people should never be open for public discussion. Instead, the Board should have had the courtesy, thought, courage, and care to evaluate this objectively. Liaisons to impacted communities and medical and other interdisciplinary experts and studies could have also helped make this decision without fueling tensions in the region. We, the undersigned, hope Pullman Regional Hospital's decision to cancel an open meeting on the topic reflects both a support for offering this surgery as well as a realization that the open call for comments initiative was not in the best interest of patients and the community.
Petition to Evelyn Rafalowski
Help Oliver Carrier make Sullivan East Highschool more trans-friendly
By supporting this petition, you will give transgender students a feeling of safety and belonging in the school of Sullivan East High. This includes making changes of a student's name and gender/sex in the school system if the student wishes without going into legalities. This includes teachers and staff using the pronouns the student deems as appropriate. You will also be assuring the trans students of this school that they will feel safe and comfortable walking into the restroom they so choose without fear of persecution from staff. It is the overwhelming consensus of child health and education experts that treating transgender students according to their gender identity—their deeply held knowledge of their gender—is critical to protecting their health and wellbeing. In the educational context, doing so includes teachers and staff using the name and pronouns the student indicates are appropriate, and giving them the same access to the restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender that any other student has. Not doing so has been proven to have serious setbacks on a transgender adolescent's self-esteem, mental health, and education/learning comprehension. This petition was made to insure everyone has equal opportunity for safe and prosperous educational experience. This includes the transgender adolescents of Sullivan East High.
Petition to McFarland High School School Board, Jeffrey Finstad, Matthew Levin, Kerry Beam
Instate a gender neutral homecoming and prom court at McFarland High School
By conforming to the rigid gendered structure of king/queen, gender variant people are left out, some transgender people are left out, and non-heterosexual couples are left out of our dance court celebrations. Change our court structures to an open, genderless voting process, and then allow the winners of the final vote to choose their own title. Let's loosen our traditions in order to keep up with a changing gender climate and improve the inclusivity of our school.