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Note: it still happens in states not listed.
Also: zero recourse for being eliminated from the employment pool through denial of access to education or housing. or being eliminated at the interview because “what would the customers think???”
And yeah some of the states listed and not listed are “at will” or “right to work” employment states, which means you can be fired at any time for any reason, and no reason is required. so they can just fire you and NOT tell you it was because you came out as trans and you have little to no recourse.
I didn’t even mention things like: sky high unemployment and underemployment, legal harassment, and healthcare denial.
Of my mom's 4 siblings, 3 of them are homosexual. My grandparents, conservative Catholics, are supportive of all of them. I wish every other family was as supportive as mine, and I hope one day they will be!
My son is gay and i have supported him for many years but still the less open-minded people seem to think they have the right to tell gay/lesbians/bis, etc how to live. I get very annoyed with them...I would do anything to help my son and his partner
Because my brother and I are gay and I believe that equality should be shared around the world. So that other homosexuals will have the freedom and liberty that I was lucky enough to be born with. I will never stop fighting for equality.
Straight. Married. Arrested for supporting gay rights?
My name is Sergey and I’m an attorney in Russia. I’m straight - happily married for 16 years - and until last week I would not have been called an “activist”. But in just five days I will got to court, fined and maybe even thrown in jail because I held up a banner in Saint Petersburg and told the truth:
“A dear family friend is lesbian. My wife and I love and respect her … and her family is just as equal as ours.”
I was among the first to be arrested, but thousands more could follow. As I write this, Russian officials are fast tracking a plan to extend Saint Petersburg’s “gay propaganda” law to the entire country.
I believe that it should never be illegal to defend the dignity of friends and family. Will you sign and share my urgent letter to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin asking him to denounce this law before my trial? He has the power to end this, but we have only a few days to build the massive outcry that will force him to pay attention:
Supporters of the law claim that it would “protect children,” but my arrest makes clear the real intention. This law is really about making lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people disappear in Russia’s second largest city. And not just LGBT people - the law will muzzle people like me, straight people who care about our LGBT friends and family. Now that lawmakers in the Duma (the federal legislature) are debating a version of the law, this despicable law could go national - unless we fight it now.
The world, and many of my fellow Russians, are starting to wake up to the idiocy of this law. From the Russian Human Rights Ombudsman, to the Presidential Human Rights Council, more figures are stepping up to tell Russia how this law is a flagrant violation of human rights. The law is being challenged in the courts, and it’s losing popularity as it reminds people of a very ugly part of our history when people were silenced - or worse - for speaking their mind. The law also breaks just about every international human rights treaty obligation that our country is a party to.
That’s why I’m appealing to the one person whose influence over the political process in Russia could help us annul this unconstitutional law in St. Petersburg, and make sure it isn’t rolled out nationwide - Prime Minister Putin. Sign now, then share my letter to the former president with everyone you can - let’s make sure he knows the whole world is watching:
I'm bi-sexual and tagged as trans-gender/trans-sexual - male to female - so I know all too well what it's like to be hated and targeted by bigots all too often after being attacked all my life for being myself.
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AllOut.org Thanks Electronic Arts (EA) for Standing Up For LGBT Youth, Visibility
In Two Days, Over 60,000 Sign Petition Urging Electronic Arts to Resist the Power of the Dark Side
San Francisco, CA - In the face of right-wing attacks by the Family Research Council, consumers and citizens around the world are strongly backing one of the largest video game makers, Electronic Arts for their inclusion of LGBT characters in the new video games Star Wars: The Old Republic andMass Effect 3.
Within two days of launching the campaign, AllOut.org broke 60,000 signers thanking Electronic Arts for continuing to allow gamers to involve their characters in the relationships they want, gay or straight. AllOut.org members also took to Twitter and Facebook to spread the word where celebrities like Aisha Tyler, Stephen Fry and Neil Gaiman all quickly retweeted their support.
Andre Banks, executive director for AllOut.org said, “Electronic Arts customers are speaking out loud and clear: Being for equality is good for business. Groups like the Family Research Council are truly on the ‘dark side’ - they put pressure on companies like EA to block fair, balanced portrayals of gay characters in gaming and other media. You don’t have to be a gamer to understand that it makes a real difference for Electronic Arts to present positive portrayals of gays and lesbians to its community of 100 million players.”
Banks added, “We are not arguing that Electronic Arts is a perfect company, but we know that today, on this issue, they are taking an important stand that should be celebrated and supported.”
AllOut.org intends to enlist Master Yoda himself to deliver the signatures collected online to the headquarters of Electronics Arts in Redwood City, California.
UPDATE: AllOut.org has temporarily disabled the campaign page of its website due to a cyber attack by hackers. In the attack, hackers added roughly 3000-5000 comments and signatures onto the petition. AllOut.org is currently in the process of removing those signatures, but can verify that over 60,000 members have sign onto the petition and continue to urge Electronic Arts to stay away from the dark side.
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AllOut.org is a global campaign organization of nearly 900,000 people from 190 countries around the world dedicated to LGBT equality. A movement working online and on the ground to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are, All Out is adding global people power to the historic fight for LGBT equality.
Electronic Arts (EA), distributor of the highly popular Star Wars: The Old Republic video game - is the target of a boycott orchestrated by hateful anti-gay groups. Why? Because they had the courage to give players around the world the option of including a gay romance storyline in their interactive Star Wars game.
Right now, thousands of anti-gay letters are flooding Electronic Arts headquarters, threatening to push the company and its staff to the dark side (“Homos are ruining gaming!" wrote one boycotter. "I urge all parents to keep any EA games from their children to prevent them to be AIDS-spreading, Satan-loving scum,” wrote another).
But we can do something about it - if we channel the force for good. We may not agree with everything the company does, but firms like Electronic Arts should be rewarded when they do the right thing. And together we can help them stand their ground. Sign this urgent letter to Electronic Arts (EA) now, asking them to stay strong and resist the dark side. When 50,000 of us sign on, All Out members will make news by dressing as Star Wars characters and delivering your letters directly to Electronic Arts headquarters:
Video games - like books, magazines, TV and film - are enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the world, and the fictional characters in them often inspire us, and teach us about the world we live in. This is exactly why anti-gay hate groups are targeting them - because they know that the more LGBT people are represented as regular characters, the harder it will be to deny them equality in the real world.
Games from Electronic Arts (EA) reach 100 million players in 75 countres around the world. When a major company like this makes the effort to create gay role models for all players, gay and straight, we need to let them know that we’ve got their back - especially in the face of an organized hate campaign.
Sign now, and we’ll make sure company executives know the force is with them: