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This year Ardrey Kell has fought hard to start their own chapter of a Gay-Straight Alliance in their school. After much hard work, they have had the success of forming a reliable club in which gay, straight, bisexual, and transgendered youth all collaborate in an effort to provide a stable, safe, and productive environment for LGBT youth and their straight allies.
In their short lifespan the AK GSA has contributed in many ways to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district including, but not limited to:
-Joining together existing, nearby GSA's in our school district and networking them, something that has never been done before.
-Creating many successful inter-GSA social events that have brought awareness to many LGBT issues, such as: anti-bullying, harassment, trans-issues, gay-issues, teen suicides, LGBT rights, and the growth and importance of an educated youth.
- A committed team of students who find the opportunity to interact with similar, like-minded youth in a positive, and productive manner.
I have made this petition because of my best friend, who is transgender. He is having a hard time, his parents don't know yet because he's scared of what they will say. He was born a girl, and needs to save up thousands of dollars to pay for the sex-change. So far, he has a bit over $1000 saved up. I think that the government should pay for part of the change. Thank you for your help!
LGBT people are continually mis- or under-represented in the media. As found in GLAAD's 2008 study (see link 1) only 1.1% of all regular characters in the 2007-08 broadcast television schedule were LGBT.
Advertising (especially in the prime time 'advert breaks') reaches a massive audience (an average of about 9 million viewers) and can help to present a very positive message to those who need/would benefit from it.
IKEA have had lots of adverts featuring LGB&T people, both on TV and in print. Their catalogues also feature gay couples and families. In 2007, IKEA ran an ad campaign titled 'Living Room,' which aired across Europe and America. The ad featured a series of families in different living rooms, ending with a bi-racial gay male couple and their daughter, and the voiceover: 'Why shouldn't sofas come in flavours, just like families?' The ad won an award in America from the Commercial Closet Association, a charity which campaigns for positive LGB recognition in advertising. (Link 2)
DFS adverts famously centre around a 'living area' with a family, couple or person in them (Link 3). None of these have ever featured an LGBT family or couple and could quite easily do so.
The 'Pink Pound' (the LGBT market) is worth an estimated £70 million per year in the UK (Link 4).
Link 1: http://tinyurl.com/ya2mpoo
Link 2: http://www.commercialcloset.org/common/adlibrary/video_large.cfm?AdDetail.video=1004-IKEA-Living%20Room.flv&clientID=11064
Link 3: http://www.dfs.co.uk/tv-advertisements
Link 4: http://www.clearchannel.co.uk/content.aspx?ID=276&ParentID=93&MicrositeID=0&Page=1
Similiar to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America a Big Sisters, Big Brothers program in Brazil needs to be started to prevent more children from going to the streets or into premature prostitution.
Also, to enable a closer bond between the huge gap of rich and poor Brazilians.
Humans are designed to be heterosexual not gay/lesbian. They can do want they want in their own homes but not in public because it is wrong.
Gay/lesbian couples should not be able to adopt etc because imagine what the child's friends would say if they found out his/her parents were gay/lesbian. Children should also be brought up by a mother and a father, not two mothers or two fathers. They need an influence from both types of parents.
Gay/lesbian marriages should definetely never become legal. The dictionary definition of marriage says that marriage is between a man and a woman.
It should also be illegal to practice homosexuality in public as it is disgusting and the majority of people don't want to see it.
There is nothing wrong with being homosexual as long as they don't do any of the above. They can still be homosexual in their own homes.
Acting under pressure from animal rights groups such as the HSUS, ASPCA, and PeTA, NY State has proposed to ban the keeping of "exotic animals", including reptiles as pets throughout its territory. It claims in Assembly Bill A07375 that "across the country, children have been asphyxiated by pythons" and that reptiles are a threat to the health of people because they carry Salmonella.
However, these supposed threats to public health are negligible. If a reptile is properly maintained and its keeper practices an appropriate regimen of personal hygiene, the threat of the reptile transmitting Salmonella is nonexistent. Also, as John Coborn, a noted herpetologist, once said, "it is easier to get Salmonella from the supermarket chicken roaster than from your snake."
The allegations of children being killed by pythons across the country are also incorrect. When a reptile escapes, it rarely hurts anyone, as any respectable herpetoculturist will tell you. If it does hurt or kill someone, that person is almost always its owner. Finally, most people bitten by snakes were drunk at the time.
When a wild animal hurts someone, it is not usually a snake, and some say these bills were spurred by Serval Cats scratching people.
I am not saying that reptile owners should not be required to have permits; several states require this. Florida is one such state. Reptile owners in Florida are subject to inspections by the Fish and Wildlife Commission, and this system seems to work well for everyone. I am only saying that we should not ban reptile keeping outright.