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Discriminatie en onveiligheid binnen AZC'S
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Robert E. Lee High School is a public school located in Montgomery, Alabama. They have been given a bad reputation over the past few years but the school itself is wonderful and has many great people. Though, they do not have a Gay-Straight Alliance [GSA].
This petition is encouraging a GSA in the school to help those who must hide who they are, and those who have no one to turn to.
A GSA would create a safe and welcoming environment for students to go and be accepted openly regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It would also give students the chance to participate in LGBT community events such as the Day of Silence, National Coming Out Day, and No Name Calling Week.
The group itself doesn't even have to be named "Gay-Straight Alliance," due to the misconceptiont that this is only a dating service for LGBT teens.
Many other names are avaliable, such as "Project Rainbow," "Pride Alliance," "Common Ground," "Coexist", "Spectrum," or even the "Straight-Gay Alliance." It is possible to come up with other creative names, but these are simply suggestions.
As a sophmore attending Lee High School, and an LGBT teen myself, I personally feel there is no where to turn within the school for advice or solace. I feel alone and constantly question if maybe there are others like me? The idea for a GSA came to me because there might jsut be other students who seek help, or agree [even if they are straight] that LGBT people are equal and there should be no violence towards them. I am a member of the Lee P.A.W.S. Club which is all about animals, so I do have experience with clubs.
My ultimate goals for the GSA would be to promote acceptance throughout the school, prevent violence against other LGBT students, promote and encourage participation in fun and active events, notice those straight people who do accept LGBT people for who they are,and to give a safe place to LGBT students where they can come together for help, advice, and community activities.
The purpose of this group is to lobby the Terrance Higgins Trust, the leading HIV and sexual health charity in the UK to change its stance on the ban on men who sleep with men.
WHAT DO TERRANCE HIGGINS TRUST SAY ON THE BLOOD BAN:
We believe that the current policy of the National Blood Service is justifiable and was based on the best available evidence when it was drawn up. Unless a subsequent review finds that risks to the blood service have changed the current policy is sensible and pragmatic.
It is our belief that the blood ban is based on fundamentally flawed assumptions and stereotypes of gay/bisexual men and is therefore unjustifiable and discriminatory.
Even a man who has had gay sex only once in his life, perhaps more than 40 years ago, is prohibited from donating blood. He is banned even though he last had sex with another man BEFORE the outbreak of HIV.
We are all constantly bombarded with emotionally charged adverts calling for us to donate blood and to prevent a large segment of society from donating blood is simply unacceptable.
ISN’T IT DISCRIMINATION TO BAN GAY MEN FROM GIVING BLOOD?
What THT say:
Gay men aren’t banned from giving blood, men who have sex with men (MSM) are. The ban is based on a specific behaviour not on sexuality in itself. A man who self defines as gay but has never had sex with another man is welcome to give blood. A man who does not self define as gay but has had sex with another man is banned.
What we say:
Whilst this is technically true, it is a meaningless point to make. Most gay men have had sex with another man at least once on their lives. They are all banned. It is discriminatory.
HOW IS IT FAIR THAT A GAY MAN WITH ONE SEXUAL PARTNER IS BANNED, WHILE A HETEROSEXUAL MAN CAN HAVE 300 SEXUAL PARTNERS AND ISN’T BANNED?
What THT say:
It’s important to look at how statistical modelling is done. A straight man with 300 sexual partners would be a statistical anomaly. The projections are based on research about what happens across populations and the truth still is that men who have sex with men are far more likely to contract HIV during the course of their regular sex life than men who have sex with women, or women who have sex with men. Anomalies do exist but it is still reasonable to run statistical projections and assessments of risk based on general epidemiological data rather than individual cases when looking at the integrity of the blood supply.
What We Say:
Whether it is 300, 200, 50 or 20, people who have many sexual partners are more at risk from passing on HIV and other sexually transmitted illnesses then a gay man with one sexual partner. A man who has had 300 sexual encounters may be an anomaly, but he is an anomaly that could lead to HIV being transferred through blood. It is more reasonable to look at each case individually then rely on statistical models.
In New York City a very disproportionate number (up to 40%) of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).
Even more disturbing are reports that these young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to go for help. Despite this, there is currently no permanent housing with supportive services for this population in New York City.
West End Intergenerational Residence, in collaboration with musical artist Cyndi Lauper and her manager, Lisa Barbaris, is seeking to address this issue by creating the True Colors Residence (TCR), a new construction with 30 studio apartments and program space on 154th Street in Central Harlem.
We’ll be building it from the ground up so our residents will have a brand new, modern building with studio apartments for each resident, as well as both indoor and outdoor community space to socialize or attend education and recreation programs. Each resident will be responsible for paying affordable rent based on their income and will receive ongoing assistance in obtaining employment best suited to their individual interests and skills.
Although TCR will not require participation in its programs, a variety of social and educational support services will be available to all who request them. Our primary goal is to provide a physically and emotionally safe and supportive environment that will empower our young residents to be the self-loving, happy, and successful individuals they were meant to be.
ONLY MEMBERS OF MANHATTAN'S COMMUNITY BOARD 10 SHOULD SIGN THIS PETITION. Manhattan Community Board 10 encompasses Central Harlem and the Polo Grounds – bounded approximately by Fifth Avenue (on the east) and St. Nicholas Ave (on the west) and Central Park North (on south) and 160th Street and/or the Harlem River (on north). If you are unsure whether or not you live in CD10, please check here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/lucds/mn10profile.pdf.
You must include your home address along with your name for your signature to be valid. WE MUST BE ABLE TO VERIFY THAT YOU LIVE WITHIN COMMUNITY BOARD 10. Please note, however, that street addresses will not be viewable by the public and will only be seen by representatives of West End, TCR, and Community Board 10.
For more information on West End and the True Colors Residence, please visit www.intergenerational.org.
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In recent years the Labour government has enforced numerous acts of legislation to challenge discrimination within the workplace based upon race, age, gender, sexual affiliation etc.
This is to be credited and advances in regards to challenging homophobia have being made and continue to do so.
However over many years I have come to recognize that imposed laws tackling homophobia have simply not being sufficient in challenging attitudes ingrained within the workplace resulting in homophobia remaining rife, often under the surface.
I believe that better investment; whether that be financial incentives for company training or building up gradual awareness is far more likely to be successful as opposed to enforced legislation, which results in individuals, particularly in managerial positions taking an hostile attitude towards the LGBT community.
While I am in full awareness that training detracts from employee time, In my view it is essential to highlight a few facts as found on the Stonewall website:
*Gay people contributed £70 million pounds to the UK economy.
*Dedicated over 3, 100, 000, 00 hours to the workplace
*Gay staff ‘out’ at work are 20% to 30% more productive.
Given such a large role that the LGBT have in making our economy I believe it is time to invest a little back.
On 29th June 2008, OutWest and The Richmond Arms in Richmond UK organised a Funday to raise money for two charities who support people with HIV/AIDS. In tandem to the Street Party organised and approved by the London Borough of Richmond, OutWest requested the use of Little Green in Richmond to stage a sports day.
Richmond refused and the resulting correspondence between OutWest and councillors and officers of the London Borough of Richmond have led OutWest to believe that there is an element of Homophobia in Richmond's decision.
California Democrats have a long tradition of supporting civil rights for all individuals.
As such, Marriage Equality (same sex marriage) is a civil rights issue of which explicit support belongs in the California Democratic Party platform.
Other state Democratic Parties, such as Iowa and Massachusetts, explicitly state in their party platforms that they support equal marital rights for all consenting adults, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identification.
It is time for the California Democratic Party to add its commitment to marriage equality to the CDP Party Platform.
On July 4th, 2007 recording artist Buju Banton will be performing at the African/Caribbean festival in Chicago’s Washington Park. Buju Banton has created and performs music urging the shooting and burning of gay people.
His song Boom Bye Bye instructs listeners to kill gay men. The inclusion of this artist at any venue in our fair city is unacceptable. The facts that he is invited to perform on public ground, on Independence Day, and is sponsored by the Chicago Parks District, Chrysler, Western Union and the Illinois Art Council just to name a few severely harms the city’s reputation as a haven of respect for all its citizens.
For more information on Buju Banton go to life.sankofaway.org.
Please take immediate action to press the Nigerian government to end mistreatment of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people. Speak out openly and strongly against the horribly oppressive anti-gay legislation bill entitled “The Prohibition of Relationships Between Persons of the Same Sex, Celebration of Marriage by Them and for Other Matters Connected Therewith.”
The bill seeks to imprison anyone for:
• membership in a gay group
• attending a gay meeting or protest
• advocating for gay equality
• donating money to a gay organization
• hosting or visiting a gay website
• publication or possession of gay safer sex advice
• renting or selling property to a gay couple
• publishing, selling or loaning a gay book or video
This bill affects not only GLBT people, but the people who love and support them. This bill creates an oppressive environment for everyone. Please take action immediately to stop the oppressive Nigerian Bill, which is a threat to human rights everywhere. If passed this bill would restrict freedoms of GLBT people and defenders of human rights. It would have a devastating effect on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. As you said in your Democratic National Convention speech “it is my fundamental belief that I am my brothers keeper.”