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5 Petitions You Can Sign on IDAHOBIT

Today marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, drawing attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

This year's powerful IDAHOBIT theme is Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing! The theme was chosen due to the recent challenges that the world has faced this past year and the long-lasting impact the pandemic will have on social activism and the fight for equal rights.

Petitions are a powerful way to both resist or call for change, either to the law or to government policy. After 10,000 signatures, petitions get a response from the government. After 100,000 signatures, petitions are considered for debate in Parliament. Below are five petitions you can sign today to support LGBTQ+ people in the UK.

1. Make non-binary a legally recognised gender identity in the UK
"Have non binary be included as an option under the GRP (Gender Recognition Panel)/ GRC (Gender Recognition Certificate), in order to allow those identifying as non binary to be legally seen as their true gender identity. As well as having ‘Non-binary’ be seen as a valid transgender identity."
Sign the Petition

2. Confirm a timeline to pass the ban on LGBT+ Conversion Therapy into law
"The Government must confirm a timeline as to when the ban on LGBT+ conversion therapy will be passed as legislation and be made illegal under the law. If the Government continues to drag further, it will affect LGBT+ people who as of now are receiving harmful and unethical treatments and practices."
Sign the Petition

3. Continue to fund the LGBT anti-bullying scheme in schools.
"It was announced on 19th November 2020 that the government is axing the £4mil a year anti-bullying of LGBT young people scheme. This scheme seems vital and value for money at a fraction of the national budget. This petition calls for it to be retained."
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4. Increase funding for NHS transgender services
"Currently in England trans people are regularly having to choose between waiting years to get the treatment that they need through the NHS, and paying upwards of £8000-10000 to go privately. This is unacceptable and can cause exacerbated mental health issues."
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5. Make being non-binary a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010
"Currently, under the UK 2010 Equality Act, non-binary individuals are not explicitly protected, leaving their protection up to individual court rulings. Many institutions use binarist (e.g. 'he/she' instead of 'they') language, and no recourse is available to non-binary individuals."
Sign the Petition


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