Six Petitions Supporting LGBT Youth & Their Allies

Petition written on school blackboardEarlier posts have included links to some recent on-line petitions created to support LGBT youth and their allies; here, I’ve consolidated some of the petitions into a single post to make it easier for interested readers to take action. I’ve also added a couple new petitions.

If you have suggestions for additional petitions, please leave a comment on this post or send a private note.

Amber Hatcher and the Day of Silence in Florida

Lambda Legal explains that Amber Hatcher, a sophomore at DeSoto County High School in Florida, “was suspended last year for participating in GLSEN’s National Day of Silence, because school officials say that peaceful protests – even protesting the bullying of LGBT students – are against school district policy.” Lambda Legal is suing on Amber’s behalf.

You can sign a petition supporting Amber at www.lambdalegal.org/amber.

Thomas McCalmont Supporting the Chambersburg Gay-Straight Alliance

The Chambersburg Area School District in Pennsylvania is expected to vote again this coming week on whether to allow students to form a gay-straight alliance. Earlier posts from LGBT Youth Allies have commented on the Chambersburg situation in more depth. Click here to read Chambersburg Allows Gay-Straight Alliance–For Now. (The district has granted the GSA only temporary approval; a final vote on permanent approval remains pending.)

You can sign Thomas McCalmont’s petition supporting the GSA at www.change.org/chambersburgGSA.

Sarah Noone & Adam Pratt Opposing Alabama’s Anti-Gay Education Law

As noted in the post, Does Your State Have a “No Promo Homo” Law?, two Alabama teens have started a petition to get their state’s anti-gay education law repealed. The law at issue requires Alabama courses relating to sexual education to “emphasi[ze] . . . that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.”

You can sign the Alabama teens’ petition at www.change.org/alabamateens.

Jeremy Mathis, father of Coy, the transgender Colorado girl facing discrimination
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Kathryn & Jeremy Mathis on Behalf of Their Transgender Daughter Coy

A couple of our LGBT Youth News Roundups (like this one and this one) have noted the ongoing dispute between a Colorado school district and the parents of Coy Mathis, a six-year-old transgender girl. The school decided to stop letting Coy use the girls’ restroom, and the parents have filed a civil rights complaint. They also started a petition.

You can sign the petition supporting Coy Mathis in Colorado at www.change.org/petitions/our-transgender-daughter-is-just-another-girl-tell-her-school-to-stop-discriminating

Karen Andresen Supporting her Son Ryan, who Aims to Be an Eagle Scout

Ryan Andresen completed all the requirements to become an Eagle Scout but was then denied the honor because of his sexual orientation.

You can sign a petition started by Ryan’s mom, Karen, at www.change.org/petitions/boy-scouts-don-t-let-your-anti-gay-policy-deny-my-son-his-eagle-award.

Below, I’ve copied a video of Ryan appearing on Ellen.

Jacob Rudolph to Governor Christie in Support of State Legislation Banning “Conversion” Therapy for Minors

Jacob Rudolph became famous when a video went viral showing him coming out to his classmates in New Jersey. Jacob is now publicly supporting a proposed state ban on so-called “conversion” therapy for minors.

You can sign Jacob’s petition to Governor Christie at www.change.org/petitions/gov-chris-christie-protect-new-jersey-kids-from-dangerous-anti-gay-conversion-therapy.

And for those who haven’t seen it, here’s the video of Jacob’s coming out at school:

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