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 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 Tonawanda Board of Education, Dr. James P. Newton
Tonawanda School Transgender Student Rights
Tonawanda High School student Arianna Adamo was previously able to use the restroom for the gender with which she identifies. Recently the Tonawanda Board of Education (BOE) rescinded their original decision and now only allows Arianna to use a gender neutral bathroom. We ask that the BOE stick with their original decision, which falls in line with the New York State Dignity for All Students Act, and re-instate the allowance for Arianna to use the correct rest room.
Petition to Betsy DeVos, Jeff sessions
Let the New Administration Know We Support the Rights of Transgender Students
In May of 2016, the Obama Administration, specifically with the backing of the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education issued a letter to all public schools (K-12 and some colleges) that receive federal funding, explaining the obligations that these schools have to their transgender students. In regards to sex discrimination, Title IX states, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." The letter reads, "This prohibition encompasses discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status." The letter also includes, "This means that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity." This letter emphasized the importance of all students, including transgender students the right to a safe academic environment to learn while being themselves without fear of discrimination, harassment or differential treatment. Now, the new administration "decided to withdraw and rescind the above-referenced guidance documents in order to further consider the legal issues involved." They also state that this change "does not diminish the protections from bullying and harassment that are available to all students. Schools must ensure that transgender students, like all students, are able to learn in a safe environment." Though there are other "protections" against bullying and harassment, what is there to prevent a staff/faculty member from using the wrong name and pronouns? Is it considered bullying or harassment? If not, it still causes emotional stress on that transgender student being prevented from living as their affirmed gender identity. This, often results in an interference of this student's ability to effectively receive a fulfilling education. What happens when a young transgender girl is forced to use the boys restroom and locker room? By having to do such, she is at higher risk for physical and emotional torment. This can also interfere with her pursuit of education. I ask you to please sign this petition, in support of protections for transgender students.