• Jump towards Equality
    Girls are not allowed the same choices in competition clothing as boys. It's important that access to sport should be open to all; regardless of gender, appearance, or any factor that is not performance related. We believe our children should be able to jump, compete and enjoy the sport they love on an even footing with the boys they train with. Don't you? Our two daughters have been coached in trampolining for seven years. They are now both competing at regional level; and we love the club, their coaches and the community around this joyful sport. However, in talking with parents and carers while we watch our children jump, we have become concerned by a clearly discriminatory rule from British Gymnastics. *The British Gymnastics Rules* At the moment, boys and men can chose to cover their legs for competing in Trampolining, according to British Gymnastics rules. They can wear gym trousers or shorts. Women and girls are only allowed to wear a “skin tight” leotard or unitard. The regulations go on to say - “Long tights may be worn (must be skin tight and be the same colour as the leotard).” What this means is that boys can (and mostly do) wear looser clothing. Girls cannot wear leggings or wear shorts, and this lack of choice has a range of implications that do not impact boys. *Impact on girls* If a female child does not want to expose their legs or lower body to view, they cannot compete. If a child is concerned about sanitary products being visible, secure, and/or leakage during her period, she is very unlikely to compete. Worse still, girls are often told by coaches not to wear underwear during competition; as if any other clothing becomes visible, points are deducted by judges. It is not unusual for children to be told to shave leg and/or pubic hair by judges. Children have been told that they are too fat/thin by coaches and judges. Girls are routinely being judged on their appearance, not by their ability. Children are made more vulnerable to safeguarding concerns - especially where language like ‘skin tight’ has no obvious justification except to make children aware of perceptions that are not age-appropriate. There is no reason for this difference in dress code, especially in reference to the specific condition of clothes being ‘skin tight’. It is not that girls 'should' cover their legs but, if they want to, they should be able to do as their male peers can. There is no performance advantage for girls in dressing as the rules dictate - and no one claims there are. It is purely 'just how it's been'. However, we think it is time for a change. *Why the focus on girls, not women?* Our focus is on children, though we seek to change the rules for the benefit of all those who compete. While adults can make an informed choice about how they present themselves, children are more vulnerable, and organisations like British Gymnastics should be leading the way, not staying stuck in the 1970s. However, as men fill 70% of the Board of British Gymnastics, all but four are white, none are LBGT, and none are from Hindu, Sikh or Muslim faith groups (based on the most recent, 2013, data) perhaps we should not be too surprised; as this profile is likely matched across clubs and regional organisations across the country. These people cannot be expected to speak for the millions of young girls inspired by Bryony Page, our silver medallist at the Rio Olympics. It is parents who must pressure for change, so that the rules of this sport allow excellence to be fostered in boys and girls from all communities. Of course, we are not suggesting that girls cannot wear leotards or that boys and girls should be forced to wear the same thing. Nor are we suggesting that this small rule change will stop sexism, cultural oppression or the sexualisation of childhood. This petition applies to Trampolining - but the principles involved apply to a broader range of sports and activities that children are involved in. Any rules that discriminate should be changed - to protect all our children and allow them to reach for their potential. Thank you for your support
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  • Make Binders Readily Available on the NHS
    The trans community have suffered a lot over generations, and one of the issues is the price and accessibility of binders. Binders are usually sourced online at a high price rate because of the shipping and manufacturing, as well as most of them being made in America. This makes it significantly difficult for working class or unemployed trans men to find a cheaper alternative for their wellbeing. Binders are sold on Amazon and Ebay at lower prices, however in my experience, they are not very reliable and well made. I believe that as a gender non-conforming individual who uses binders myself, we should not have to pay for something that helps us feel more comfortable and helps with d***horia. Waiting lists for surgery for the trans community is very long and can take up to a certain amount of years. Surely, there should be a free service that helps until the surgery is finalised. Some trans people choose not to have surgery and that is completely their choice, but they should have access to good quality, free binders on the NHS that they can use everyday and feel themselves. If they can fund sexual health, then they can fund mental health. I believe that giving this opportunity to the trans and non-binary community will promote intersectionality, benefit mental health, and may even save lives.
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  • Chechnya - Asylum for Gay Community
    The UK does not currently have a sitting Parliament, however the lives of gay people in Chechnya are seriously threatened by the State, which is now encouraging their families to murder them to save the State a job. This cannot wait for a new government to respond, Putin is doing and will do nothing. We must act now.
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  • Create more support for ALL victims of domestic abuse in the UK
    I feel currently in the UK there is a lack of support for all victims of domestic. Currently and as stated my Eric Pizzey who created the first refuge for women in the UK and attempted to create the first refuge for men at the time 1 in 4 women are victims of domestic abuse and 3 women die weekly, and 1 in 6 men are victims domestic and one man dies every week too, according to charities such as Mankind and AMIS. Therefore it is not and never been a gender issues. However policy makes it so due to misinformation and discredited theories that are being maintained by many senior policians, judges, authorities and social workers. Although female victims get support that is not the same for male victims where out of over 1000 refugees for women no more than 20 exists for men. In scotland for example there are no refugees for men. True experts describe abuse as a learning patterns of behaviour in childhood which in complex, not something that men do which is not the reality and current policies are conducted in a very sexist and misandric manner. Also charities which hijacked Erin Pizzey work i.e refugees have become a business where funding mostly goes too often end in the hands of those you run it, and not handed to the any of the refugees to support victims. For example if male victims try to report a crime they subject to ridcule at my authorities, often most charities will refuse to give any suppport for male victims and assume they are the perpetator despite the evidence to the contrary. Male victims are also more likely to be arrested because they are male than given the support them needs which increases sucide, and homelessness rates. Finally all media campaign reinforce a stereotype of the female victim and the male perpetrator even though the reverse can happen with a 1/6 incidence as mentioned Domestic abuse can be either physical, psychological, sexual or financial. In many cases female perpetrators will get lighter or no sentences than men just because they are women in exactly the same situation which is discrimination and sexism against men and create to reluctance to report incidences I feel violence of women and violence against men should equally to addressed as a result. Offer appropriate counselling and the presence of support workers of the opposite gender in refuges to ensure there is sexism and to break cycles of abuse as well as encourage the message that men and women can both be victims and perpetators, in contrast to the myth of the duluth model. I would like to propose the creation to gender neutral refugees taking note of the point raises yet with consideration that prepetrators are screened for and as much as traumatic experience these are, if the basis is a reminder we don't apply the same idea when it is a murder with race, religion or sexuality associations in the name of equality Thank you!
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  • Make Pearson change transgender certificate policy.
    Requesting a GRC or doctor's letter is in breach of the Equality Act 2010. "By changing their name trans people automatically have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment under the Equality Act 2010" (uktrans.info - http://uktrans.info/attachments/article/292/transqualcerts.pdf), creating the protected characteristic of gender reassignment. This effectively means that Pearson's requirements are discriminatory, as well as in breach of the Equality Act 2010. Trans individuals already experience enough discrimination trying to live life day-to-day, and several people I have contacted have also experienced discrimination at Pearson's hands. It's time to change to a level playing field so that we, as trans individuals, receive the qualifications we worked hard to gain, in the correct, accurate gender and name.
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  • Remove David Moyse as Manager at Sunderland Football Club
    Because he is not competent and has ensure the club will be relegated Plus his recent comments to a woman interviewer proves he is a bully and does not treat women with the respect his position demands .
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  • Oppose LGBT+ YouTube Restriction Ban
    Equal worth of every human being
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  • Free sanitary products for young girls in need.
    This shouldn’t be happening in Britain in 2017. Exam season is just around the corner so every day missed day now could mean the difference between girls passing or failing their exams.
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    Created by Georgie Laming
  • Girls can do what boys can do !!
    I believe this is important as it shows that girls can do whatever they like even if everyone says that they can't. It shows girls that they shouldn't be down about themselves and should show there talents, not hide them.
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  • Stop shops and websites from separating toys into 'boys' and 'girls'
    We live in a society in which our children are being told what roles they should take up as adults in a multitude of subtle ways. The characteristics that are seen to be appropriate for boys and for girls are highlighted by dolls and frills in the 'girl's toys' while engineering, cars and dinosaurs are for boys. This kind of explicit segregation is outdated, unnecessary and damaging. If it were any other two labels (e.g. black and white) the inherent prejudice would be immediately apparent and would not be allowed by the law of modern society. I want my daughter and nieces to have the freedom to access whichever toys they are naturally interested in without having to hear them say 'that's not for me, that's only for boys.'
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  • Shama Women's Centre under threat of closure
    Without this Centre, thousands of women in Leicester will suffer isolation, mental health inequalities, cultural and social barriers with no where else to turn to. It is the only women's centre in Leicester that provides social, well-being and educational activities; in a culturally conducive environment for more than 31 years. It has successfully empowered thousands of women, many from vulnerable backgrounds, helping them to overcome personal bereavement, domestic abuse and cultural barriers; enabling them to overcome isolation, make new friends, gain lifelong skills and contribute to the local community. It has an on site 'Good' Ofsted registered nursery to help women with children access the services.
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  • Create a Queer Museum and LGBTQI+ Centre in London
    1) 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which partly decriminalised sexual acts between two men in private and aged over 21. 2) As a cultural centre, the queer museum would be a vital space in which to counteract the effects of homophobia, transphobia, racism and religious intolerance, especially important with the rise of right leaning political parties throughout Europe and America and attacks upon the LGBTQI+ community. 3) Some of the demands of the Gay Liberation Front from the 1970s have yet to be met, including the demand that ‘sex education in schools stop being exclusively heterosexual.’ Schools must provide sex and gender education that addresses the needs of LGBTQI+ students, queer histories must find a permanent home, and the LGBTQI+ community must have a place to organize: anything less is a betrayal to the courage of the pioneering queer activists of the 1960s and beyond.
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    Created by Queer Cabinet Brigade