• Stop the Liberal attacks on the LGBTIQA+ Community
    As a trans male this not only affects me but the whole LGBTIQA+ community. When will the Liberals understand that we are just people? We are your neighbours, friends and family members. We have jobs, we study and pay taxes just like everyone else. Together we fought so hard for the YES vote, now we need to come together again to protect future generations. Bullying, harassment and suicide rates have sky rocketed from this kind of treatment. What we do and teach affects the generations to come. Is this really where we want to be in 2018? Don't let the Liberals send us backwards. The Liberals need to stop putting us back in the closet! We're here, we're queer and we are here to stay. You can read more about the anti-transgender motions being put forward here: http://junkee.com/victorian-liberals-transgender-proposals/154540
    1,336 of 2,000 Signatures
    Created by Malaki
  • Say Yes to Marriage Equality
    Whilst not everyone who is unsure about marriage equality is a homophobe, we also know that every homophobe in Australia will be loudly voicing their opposition anywhere and everywhere they can. We need every supporter of marriage equality enrolled to vote and we need them to make their voice heard.
    3,112 of 4,000 Signatures
    Created by Wil Stracke
  • Don't Tear Down the Rainbow Flag
    Earlier this year the Surf Coast Shire was one of 4 progressive councils across Australia that passed a motion to fly the rainbow flag from 17 May 2017 (IDAHOT Day) until formal acceptance of marriage equality by the Federal Government. Disgracefully, on the 23rd of May, certain members of the Surf Coast Council decided to overturn this historic vote. They want to tear down the flag. The rainbow flag is an international symbol of LGBTIQ respect and pride. It so important that the rainbow flag continues to fly in the Surf Coast because there are many people in our community who identify as LGBTIQ. Being queer means you are twice as likely to experience poor mental health outcomes as a direct result of the stigma, prejudice and discrimination you experience every day. Our community must stand in solidarity on this issue and don't let the council tear down the flag.
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    Created by Dave B Picture
  • Australia must accept Gay and Bisexual refugees from Chechnya
    As the Government is aware, homosexual men are being rounded up and held in concentration camps. We understand that they are being tortured and killed by Chechnyan authorities. Chechnyan leaders are also calling for families to kill their gay relatives. Some are managing to escape Chechnya, but persecution against LGBTI people is ongoing in Russia, and offers no safe haven. We cannot standby and watch as gay people are killed by their own Governments which should be protecting their rights. As an open and accepting society, and under its human rights obligations, Australia should offer refuge to any LGBT asylum seekers fleeing from these forms of persecution. We can create a safe place for these men to live without fear and persecution. The Australian Government needs to act now!
    604 of 800 Signatures
    Created by Barry Mckay
  • Save the Griffith Safe Space
    At present the University administration believes the presence of a "safe space" would suggest that university campuses are not in fact safe. This is a ridiculous assumption. We believe that all students should be free from discrimination and vilification and at present the University Executive will not support the provision of a permanent and designated room for LGBTIQA+ students. Spaces such as these are found right across the nation in universities of all sizes from Tasmania to the Northern Territory. They are imperative for the wellbeing of all LGBTIQA+ students no matter where they fit under the umbrella. The successful continuation of a safe space will ensure that Griffith stays in line with the Group of Eight and all progressive and inclusive universities across Australia.
    594 of 600 Signatures
    Created by Aidan Asaadi
  • Defend the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria program and team!
    The government proposal to bring Safe Schools 'in house' and to abandon the team that have worked on the program since 2010 is a clear capitulation to a right wing campaign that has been running this year, driven by the right of the Liberal Party and the Australian Christian Lobby. There has been no consultation with the workers on this program about the proposed changes, and no thought given to the relationships that have been developed with 286 schools in Victoria, and the dozens of families supported by these workers. This move will not stop the right wing attacks from the bigots, it is just using Roz Ward and the three other workers who have continued to work in the face of ongoing attacks as scapegoats. To be clear, any proposed 'expansion' of the program in this move is deceptive. No new funding has been announced and the commitment to roll out to every government secondary school has been a commitment that has been progressed by the current team since the last state election. Show your support for the team and the work by signing this petition and writing to your local MP, the Minister for Education and the Premier. http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/supporting-lgbti-students-in-victorian-schools/
    846 of 1,000 Signatures
    Created by Rosie Murphy
  • Don't delay: Pass marriage equality when Parliament next sits!
    We can win marriage equality. Two thirds of Aussies, the majority of parliamentarians and the leaders of all major parties support it -- the only blocker is political will. This week Bill Shorten said: "Let's get on with this, have a vote next week when the Parliament sits.” He’s not alone. Greens leader Richard Di Natale has said: "The easiest, simplest, quickest, most effective, least costly and least harmful way of ensuring equality in marriage is through a vote in the parliament, and we can do that next week should the Prime Minister decide to show some leadership." And Senate power broker Nick Xenophon has said: "I would like to see this happen in this Parliament." Now it’s up to us. Let’s call on our leaders to hold a free vote for marriage equality when parliament sits again. Join this urgent call for our pollies to do their jobs and stop the delay! Sign the petition and share this with your friends:
    5,357 of 6,000 Signatures
    Created by Australian Marriage Equality
  • No plebiscite - equality is union business
    Union members work hard every day to end discrimination in Australian workplaces but we cannot win that fight until we end discrimination in all Australian laws. That includes the law that currently bans same-sex couples from getting married. This civil law was changed in 2004 to deny loving and committed same-sex couples marriage equality. And just as politicians did in 2004, the Turnbull Government should now put this to a free vote in Parliament without resorting to a costly, divisive plebiscite the outcome of which they have already said they will not be bound by. They should also not change our anti-discrimination laws to allow people and companies to refuse to do business with same-sex couples, as is proposed.
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    Created by Victorian Trades Hall Council Picture
  • Support the Safe Schools Program - no review needed!
    Bullying is a real issue that can seriously hurt young people. A majority of young LGBTI people report bullying and 80 per cent of those say that it happens at school. All young people should be able to feel safe and supported at school, and this program is helping to do this. Despite scare campaigns around the program, schools make decisions about their level of involvement with Safe Schools, how much of the program they use and what is appropriate for particular age groups. Schools need to have the freedom to run these kinds of programs if they believe it is necessary to help create a safe environment within the school for all students.
    3,650 of 10,000 Signatures
    Created by Meredith Peace, AEU Victorian President Picture
  • Stop the Australian Christian Lobby from using hate speech
    The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) are pressuring the Federal Government to give them "exemption" from the Anti-Discrimination Act if there is a plebiscite on marriage equality. In other words, they want to break the law and discriminate against people in same-sex relationships. This is wrong. We should all operate under the same rules and the same laws in this country. These laws protect people from hate speech, and bigotry - we need them in place all the time.
    325 of 400 Signatures
    Created by Wil Stracke Picture
  • Stop One voice printing hate speech
    Your focus is a barrier to fair education and evidence based information. You promote the dumbing down of any broad opinion and evidenced information with your cheap headlines and nonsense content articles. The Clayton's ‘ I love Victoria ‘ opinions space is just deliberately dumb hate speech opportunities. It’s cheap and an ignorant deliberate poor focus. Is it anarchy you want? Do you want to trump Trump at being irresponsible mob inciters.
    7 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Mary Ebbott
  • Homophobic cruel MP's have no place in local councils
    This week, the Victorian State Government passed a bill through Parliament that made it illegal to try and change or suppress a person's gender identity or sexual orientation. Gay conversion therapy is a harmful practice that can have dire consequences. The therapy can involve forcing people to undergo electric shocks and drink substances to induce vomiting when shown homoerotic images. There are also role-playing exercises where men are forced to do stereotypically 'blokey' things like chatting about football and tinkering with cars, while women are told to wear feminine clothes and apply a full face of makeup. This practice is cruel and bigoted. It is dangerous and unsafe. It is, at it’s very simplest, a violation of human rights and equal opportunity. The practice sends a message to the LGBTIQ+ community that gay isn’t “right” and that therapy will “fix” them. The handful of sitting Members of the Western Metropolitan region in the Legislative Council who voted against this bill should not be considered as dignitaries to Cities like Brimbank, Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay, Melton, Hume, Wyndham and Moonee Valley; the council areas that make up our Community. As per their adopted policies, defined in the Annual Plans of every one of these councils, creating a safe and inclusive, diverse and proud community is vital to ensuring that everyone can live their own life, as they choose. If these Councils aspire demonstrate strong leadership, promote healthy and inclusive communities, develop strategies to enhance the inclusion and engagement of the LGBTIQA+ community every possible way, and creating welcoming environments, then removing those who promote bigotry and hate from your invitations and ceremonies should be top of their list. I call on each of these Councils to cease spending rate-payers money on hosting these members and to publicly declare that they will not pander to these bigots any longer.
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    Created by Megan Bridger-Darling