By: Sunnivie Brydum
Going off the success of McKenna Pope’s petition to toy manufacturer Hasbro to create a gender-neutral Easy Bake Oven, a five-year-old in Maine is now asking Hasbro to start making Transformers toys aimed at girls.
“I love Transformers,” writes five-year-old India Hernandez in blue crayon (pictured above). ”Why are there no girl Transformers? There are no girl Transformers in the store. I love Prime and Transformers! I want a girl to play with, too.”
Dana Hernandez transcribed India’s letter and turned it into a petition on Change.org. The petition, directed to Hasbro president and CEO Brian Goldner, is aiming for just 200 signatures — let’s push them above and beyond that modest goal, SheWired ladies!
Hasbro was responsive to Pope’s request for an Easy Bake Oven that wasn’t all pink and purple — the company announced a gender-neutral model would arrive in 2013 — so there’s reason to hope that the toy giant might consider making a marketing change if enough supporters raise their voices. (Or, in this case, raise their finger and click to sign the petition.)
ACTION ALERT!! Sign this petition and spread the word.
Sophie Herold has repeated the same baseless rhetoric to myself and others long enough, folks. It’s time to put an end to it.
The petition states:
We the undersigned, agree that Sophie Herold should be held legally responsible for her actions. This individual is harassing, stalking, bullying, and spreading hate speech over the Internet to LGBTQ youth. Enough is enough.
Sophie Herold needs to be held legally responsible for the hate crimes she’s committed.
Check out the petition here and sign: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/sophie-herold-needs-to-be-held-legally-responsible-for.html
Thank you for sharing this petition with me, anonymous.
Let’s spread the word, folks.
Riley (PQ creator/editor)
we need just under 2,000 signatures on this petition by Saturday, come on tumblr, we can easily do this! something to help change the future of the LGBTQ youth in the usa.
Why This is Important?
When several students at Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee tried to start a Gay-Straight Alliance club after years of bullying, their principal said no. When the students circulated a petition and gathered 150 student signatures supporting the club, the principal banned petitions. When this brought local media scrutiny and the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the administration blocked the club based on its failure to secure an advisor. Although the students found teachers who seemed supportive and willing to serve as advisers, all eventually withdrew without explanation.
Now, according to the ACLU, Principal Moser has allegedly assaulted one student, Chris Sigler, for wearing a handmade shirt that read “GSA: We’ve got your back” – grabbing his arm and chest-bumping him while asking “Who’s the big man now?”
Despite the complaint filed by Chris and his mother, the Sheriff’s Department has failed to interview his sister, who witnessed the alleged assault, or his mother, who witnessed additional behavior from the principal…
Under the Federal Equal Access Act, students have the right to form a Gay-Straight Alliance club in public schools that allow other extra-curricular clubs. GSA clubs can be a lifeline for students dealing with bullying and harassment. The tragic deaths of many young people by suicide in the past year have illustrated the importance of safe spaces, resources, and anti-bullying campaigns for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. It is unconscionable for the district to erect barriers between its students and a safe learning environment, but Sequoyah’s refusal to allow a GSA – and the administration’s harassment of supportive students and teachers – amounts to just that.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:
No student should ever be kicked out of a school because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Master’s School should immediately pass a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, so this never happens again.
Ironically, the school’s motto is “Veritas Vos Liberabit,” which translates to “The truth shall set you free.” Sign the petition to send a message to all schools, public and private, that honest students should be honored not punished.
“It won’t stop at homosexual marriage - look for polygamy and marriage between adults and children to be legalised. There is no greater dream for a paedophile than to be able to legally acclaim a child as his lover.”
That’s what keynote speaker Rebecca Hagelin declared yesterday at the “don’t meddle with marriage” event at Parliament House, as she was joined on stage by Barnaby Joyce and other conservative Australian politicians. She said there is “no greater evil” than legalising same-sex marriage, and told the crowd to join her in a “war for the future of the human race.”
These sorts of disgusting comments are far beyond the pale in Australia but unfortunately, they are exactly the messages local politicians are being inundated with right now, by an extreme and vocal MINORITY. They’ve been calling, faxing, emailing and visiting MPs telling them that those in same-sex couples don’t deserve the right to marry.
We have one week to send a message to MPs, to our communities and importantly – to our gay and lesbian family and friends – that these people don’t speak for us. That’s when local MPs will report back to Parliament on what their electorate has told them about marriage equality. Regardless of where our MP personally stands on marriage equality, we can’t let these hateful messages dominate their reports.
Sign our petition and before MPs meet next week we will both print the result in an unmissable full-page newspaper ad and deliver it to their office to ensure they hear the message.
Sign the petition here.
Rebecca Hagelin wasn’t alone yesterday in her hateful remarks. Bob Katter MP joined her on stage to say that the idea of same-sex marriage “deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed”, and Labor MP John Murphy rose to say, “My electorate accepts that all people are equal, but my electorate also accepts, in fact rejects, that not all relationships are equal.”
Think about the young same-sex attracted Australians hearing this prejudice and offensive ridicule from people who purport to represent family values and the Australian public - and what it’s like to know that Australian law supports such discrimination.
Until we have full equality, gay and lesbian Australians will always be considered, under the law and in the eyes of many, as second-class citizens. Until we have full equality the kind of homophobia exhibited in Parliament House yesterday will continue.
I’m told by MPs that - despite constant polling that shows the overwhelming majority of Australians are in favour of marriage equality - their offices have received more pressure from those seeking to block change. That’s why now is the time to speak up and demand an inclusive and better Australia.
Join us, in telling MPs that not allowing same-sex couples to marry denies them and their families legal equality and perpetuates discrimination and prejudice. The overwhelming majority of Australians support full marriage equality and it is the right thing to do. Marriage matters: amend the Commonwealth Marriage Act so that same-sex partners can be wed.
Via Paul for the GetUp team.
“Anthony John Makk is an Australian citizen who has been legally married to his spouse Bradford Wells for 7 years and has been residing in the U.S. under a visa. They have been together for more than 19 years, have made many friends, have made a life together, and have sacrificed for each other. Makk is also the primary caretaker for Wells, as Wells has health complications.
On Monday, August 8, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services board declared that Makk must leave the country by August 25, 2011, citing DOMA, the 1996 bill that federally does not recognize a marriage between same sex partners.
These fellow human beings are in a loving committed relationship, pay taxes, and deserve the same federal rights that all opposite sex couples have. The Obama administration has stated that they will stop defending DOMA and this is proof that they aren’t doing their jobs when it comes to the rights of same sex couples.
Everyone, I implore you, Look at your own spouse or partner, now Imagine that the federal government refused to acknowledge your relationship as a legal one. You have built your whole life together, lived in the same place for years. Now imagine that you have only TWO WEEKS left to live with your partner because they were being removed from the country.
We can change this. We can change two people’s lives. We have the power to do some good in this world of bad. Please Sign this. Thank you.”
I’m not American, so I can’t sign this. Someone sign it in my stead? Pretty please?
The California Milk Processor Board—the group behind Got Milk and the famous milk mustache series—revealed their next mass campaign yesterday. Centered on the claim that milk helps reduce PMS symptoms, the “Everything I Do is Wrong” campaign features a website for men on how to deal with their crazed, menstruating women. The website features a “vocabulary sensitizer,” “”puppy dog eye-ser” and “PMS rating index.” There are also a series of print ads showing men clutching cartons of milk, apologizing to their enraged girlfriends and wives for things they “did and did not do” and “not reading between the right lines.”
The entire campaign is overwhelmingly sexist, playing on the tired stereotype of menstruating women as volatile monsters. It also supports the condescending idea that any angry woman can be talked down with puppies and glossy compliments. We’re asking the California Milk Processer Board to end this insulting campaign.
Activists are lobbying for the Seattle Space Needle to fly the rainbow flag for Gay Pride Month again this year, as it did in 2010.
That was the first time the flag had flown over the landmark, notes Joe Mirabella in a blog post for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He writes of being at a pride event there: “The Space Needle’s enormous flag caught the patches of summer sun that graced the crowd. The rainbow, symbolic of the entire diversity of humanity, shimmered in the light. It was comforting. It brought me hope.”
Mirabella reports that an employee at the Space Needle had told him there were no plans to fly the rainbow flag this year, and he also says no pride events are scheduled at the site. Fellow activist Josh Castle has started a petition at Change.org to encourage the raising of the flag once again.
“I hope you will consider signing it and sharing it with your friends,” Mirabella writes. “I strongly believe the Space Needle just needs to hear how important it is for us to see the Pride flag on the Space Needle. They need to hear we still need a visible sign of hope.”
See the petition here.
UPDATE: 300,000 around the world have already signed this urgent call. Add your voice now to keep up the pressure!
Can you please sign and share this petition demanding that Ugandan President Museveni stop the human rights violations by publicly vowing to veto the “Kill the Gays” bill?
In the next 24 hours, conservative lawmakers could move a bill that would make being LGBT in Uganda a crime punishable by death.
This hateful bill is part of a pattern of the Ugandan government’s violent repression of pro-democracy forces within the country - and time is running out to stop it.
If you agree with the following statement, take the two seconds to sign this petition, you could help save lives today.
We stand with citizens across Uganda who are calling on their government to withdraw the Anti-Homosexual Bill, and to protect the universal human rights embodied in the Ugandan constitution. We urge Uganda’s leaders and donors to join us in rejecting persecution and upholding values of justice and tolerance.
Submitted by pamelitaaa: PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND REBLOG!!!
“After an unidentified transgender woman tried to use the bathroom at a Baltimore McDonald’s, two patrons started attacking her in full view of other customers and employees. These employees can be heard on the video shouting words of encouragement to the attackers. It’s time we DEMAND that justice be served and that EVERY McDonald’s employee involved in this brutal hate crime be held accountable…”
A C T I O N A L E R T ! ! !
*TRIGGER WARNING: Cissexism, violence.
ACTION ALERT! Please sign this petition to demand that the employees on duty at McDonald's be held responsible in the beating of a trans woman!!
Oi. I have been following this story as much as I can.
Supposedly, the McDonald’s employee who filmed the entire scene was fired. But that is definitely not enough.
McDonald’s needs to issue an apology, educate its staff on what to do in situations like this and clean house for those who take part in discriminatory actions towards its customers.
Words matter. They shape how people think, especially about matters with which they are unfamiliar. And just as it’s not “gay lunch” or “gay baseball,” calling it “gay marriage” means it is different from “straight marriage.” It’s not. On February 1, Perez Hilton appeared on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell in a segment that began with Barbara Bush, a daughter of Republican former-president George W. Bush, who spoke about “marriage equality.” If a Republican can get it right, why can’t self-professed gay activist Perez Hilton? It’s time Perez Hilton and other self-proclaimed LGBT leaders get it right and represent us to the public, properly. Please. Tell Perez Hilton, who is able to speak daily to hundreds of thousands of people — gay and straight — that gay or straight, marriage is “marriage.”
Targeting: Perez Hilton
Started by: David Badash
Words matter. They shape how people think, especially about matters with which they are unfamiliar. And just as it’s not “gay lunch” or “gay baseball,” calling it “gay marriage” means it is different from “straight marriage.” It’s not.
On February 1, Perez Hilton appeared on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell in a segment that began with Barbara Bush, a daughter of Republican former-president George W. Bush, who spoke about “marriage equality.” If a Republican can get it right, why can’t self-professed gay activist Perez Hilton?
It’s time Perez Hilton and other self-proclaimed LGBT leaders get it right and represent us to the public, properly.
Please. Tell Perez Hilton, who is able to speak daily to hundreds of thousands of people — gay and straight — that gay or straight, marriage is “marriage.”