LGBTI-rights

Exciting news! I’ve revamped the Intersex Button Set!

Now all four designs are exclusively about intersex issues! It has two new designs and I also revamped the other two. Recently I was talking to a lovely intersex customer who gave input on the designs and inspired me to now bring you this cute set.

Intersex issues and rights are still majorly overlooked in LGBTQIAP* / MOGII activism. We need to pull together to raise awareness and spread the message, so please reblog this post so lots of (intersex) people can see it! (If you’re new to intersex issues, this video is a good place to start.) 

This set of buttons is for intersex people to stand up for their rights and glow with pride. You can wear them on your bag, your hat, your jacket, wherever you like!

The designs are:

  • Intersex Pride
  • My Body Doesn’t Need Fixing
  • Right to Bodily Autonomy
  • Intersex Not Intervention

To buy your own set, click here!

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I’m Not A Joke (No Soy Tu Chiste) was begun in Venezuela on January 23, 2013 by writer, illustrator, and activist Daniel Arzola (@Arzola_d). It became the first Venezuelan viral campaign that through art raised awareness of the prejudice and violent acts performed against the LGBTI community around the world. Within only 6 months of its creation the campaign has reached more than a million people in more than thirty countries including Russia, where it is used today illegally as a tool for human rights protests. Today, the campaign is available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, and holds 50 illustrated posters that through the psychology of color illustrate matters dealing with same-sex marriage, gender roles, bullying, and a variety of other current social issues. It has become viral on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. 

Shop: http://society6.com/Arzolad

No Soy Tu Chiste empezó en Venezuela el 23 de enero de 2013, iniciada por el escritor, ilustrador y activista Daniel Arzola (@Arzola_d). Ésta campaña se ha convertido en la primera campaña viral de Venezuela que plantea a través del arte la concientización del prejuicio y los actos violentos que se realizan en contra de la comunidad LGBTI alrededor del mundo. A tan sólo 6 meses de su creación, la campaña ha alcanzado a más de un millón de personas en más de treinta países, incluyendo a Rusia, donde es utilizada hoy ilegalmente como herramienta para las protestas por los derechos humanos. Hoy, la campaña está disponible en español, portugués e inglés, y consta de 50 posters ilustrados que a través de la psicología del color representan asuntos que tienen que ver con el matrimonio igualitario, roles de género, bullying y una variedad de otros temas sociales. Se volvió viral en Facebook, Tumblr y Twitter.

Shop: http://society6.com/Arzolad

Tasmania’s ‘religious freedom’ law hurts LGBTI youth

A protest against Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ act, which is being emulated in Tasmania.  

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Clara Johanna
                                                  

                For most teenagers, starting high school triggers mixed emotions — nervousness, excitement, a sense of adventure.


Adolescence is a critical period in everyone’s life. This is especially true for LGBTI youth. In the process of coming to terms with our sexuality and gender identity, we must also navigate the hardships that come with existing in a society that overwhelmingly neither accepts nor accommodates us.People who fall on the LGBTI spectrum have a far greater likelihood of developing mental illnesses, such as depression or anxiety, because of the prejudice, ignorance and discrimination so many of us face, often on a daily basis.

Studies have indicated that on the whole, younger generations are forging a shift in mindset. Youth have become more accepting and celebratory of difference and are speaking out against LGBTI discrimination, both within their peer groups and as a reaction to government legislation.But schoolyards, classrooms and corridors continue to be hotbeds of bullying, from physical attacks to homophobic slurs whispered behind lockers.

For LGBTI youth to feel safe and accepted in our identities, it is necessary for the government to take a stand in defending our rights.In the past week, the Tasmanian government has been tackling contentious legislation proposed by religious conservatives, labelled the “Religious Freedom Bill”. This bill — introduced by Will Hodgeman, Tasmania’s Liberal premier — would grant religious schools the right to refuse enrollment to any student whom it regards as “against its religious beliefs”.

This is just an attempt to further allow homophobic bias into the legal system, and to let homophobes — under the guise of religious freedom — promote their bigotry. Should this bill pass, schools would be permitted to refuse entry to LGBTI students, as well as to students raised by same-sex parents. This bill eerily echoes a recent incident in the US state of Indiana, which saw Governor Michael Pence attempt to introduce similar legislation — only to have it backfire on him through media criticism and even boycotting by big businesses.

LGBTI discrimination is illegal in Tasmania now. However, the island state is no stranger to the marginalisation and oppression of sexually-diverse and gender-nonconforming people. Male homosexuality was decriminalised in South Australia in 1975, in ACT in 1976, and in Victoria in 1981.

But Tasmania maintained its anti-LGBTI stance long after all other Australian states. It was only in 1994, in the landmark case Toonen v Australia, that Tasmania repealed the sodomy laws, which had previously made same-sex sexual relations a criminal offence. Following this, the state saw a dramatic shift in sentiment, seeing a succession of progressive reforms enacted. By 1997, extensive anti-LGBTI discrimination laws had been established.In fact, Tasmania has taken great pains to separate itself from its anti-LGBTI history, and its anti-discrimination laws have received national attention and acclaim. This is why this proposed Religious Freedom Bill is so appalling.

Despite these strong anti-discrimination laws having been in place for almost two decades, there has been no credible example of churches or religiously-affiliated institutions having their “beliefs and tenets” violated. This makes Hodgeman’s and his supporters’ claims that the existing laws are a hindrance to religious freedom, completely and totally unsubstantiated.


Religion still plays a part in many people’s lives and still holds considerable sway over political and legal proceedings, even in the most secular of countries. Should this bill pass, LGBTI youth would face even more marginalisation and oppression and, worse still, this discrimination would essentially be given — both implicitly and explicitly — the green light on behalf of the government.There is nothing wrong with faith, per se, and religious freedom of expression.

However, when it impedes, as it so often does, on the rights and safety of others, it should become a topic of national concern and fury. This is not evident in current events. In fact, the proposed legislation indicates more clearly than ever the need to remove religiously conservative sentiment from our governments, and to take an even more vigorous approach in the fight for LGBTI equality and liberation.

Source:- https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58901

    

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The Quiet Fight for Same-Sex Divorce

Many thousands of same-sex couples have gotten married in the United States; as a simple fact of modern life, a good number of them will get divorced. But many couples are finding that they’re “wedlocked”—they got married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but either live in or moved to a state where the practice is banned, and therefore cannot get a divorce.

I read that apparently some Americans want to move to Australia as a result of the U.S.A. achieving marriage equality (which us Aussies haven’t quite achieved ourselves).

I suppose we probably should tell them beforehand about our stricter gun laws**, and that we have also have anti-discrimination laws, which apply to race, religion, and the LGBTI community (with the current exception to marriage).

**keptonice made a point about how one doesn’t need a gun to hurt people, but I’m pretty sure that those considering to move here would give a damn about their supposed “right to bear arms”.

Uganda: For the first time in history, presidential candidate backs gay rights

Uganda: For the first time in history, presidential candidate backs gay rights

di John Dee   According to Ugandan medias former prime minister and presidential candidate Amama Mbazazi has become the first Ugandan presidential candidate to say he is opposed to homophobia. Mbazazi launched his campaign last month to be named president in 2016, declared that gay people are not the “biggest threat”.   Speaking on NDS Television the last 17th of july, Mr. Mbabazi said: “I am…

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Follow up to my last post

Most expansive LGBTI civil rights bill in history introduced in US Congress

Equality Act would prohibit discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service

“Democrats in the US House of Representatives and US Senate today introduced The Equality Act which essentially seeks to expand the nation’s civil rights law to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.

The proposed legislation – the most expansive for LGBTI people in the nation’s history – seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education and jury service.

It also seeks to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex by those receiving federal funding and in public accommodations.

The legislation is sponsored by senators Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin and Corry Booker and representatives David Cicilline and John Lewis (D-GA).

Baldwin, the first out lesbian to serve in the senate, later took to Twitter to tout the legislation.

‘Employees should hired, fired or promoted based on their performance – not their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act is about whether #LGBT Americans deserve to be treated just like everyone else.We need to ensure every American has a fair chance to earn a living & provide for their family, including #LGBT Americans. #EqualityForward.

Read the full piece here

A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved with this bill, now let’s get it passed!

hey guys!

So, I have decided on my action!

On Friday 6th December I am launching ‘Tell Someone You Love Them Day’! 

Its simple realy, go up to someone in the street, or someone you know, give them a hug and tell them you love them! 

Because every love, and any love is okay, and you should never be ashamed. 

Peace out

Grace xoxo

Tahdon2013: Equal Marriage Law to Finland

The parliament of Finland is voting tomorrow about the Citizen’s Initiative for Equal Marriage Law. Going to join to the demonstration of love at Kansalaistori Square at 12:00 tomorrow with thousands of people, 15000 according to facebook event. I’m excited and hopeful! Everyone needs to get to say

Tahdon, I do.