Petition Tag - intersex

1. Legal protection for all trans* and intersex in the UK

The Equality Act 2010 includes ‘Gender reassignment’ as a protected characteristic. The explanatory notes indicate the protected characteristic applies to transsexual person/s. The definition of ‘transsexual’ is a person who is proposing to undergo, undergoing or has undergone the process (or part of the process) of sex reassignment.

The Equality Act 2010 offers no legal protection from discrimination to trans* people who are not defined within legal terms as proposing to undergo, undergoing or have undergone the process (or part of the process) of sex reassignment, upon the basis the protected characteristic of ‘Sex’ only makes reference to “man” and “woman”.

The Equality Act 2010 currently excludes a number of extremely vulnerable trans* and intersex people from protected status.

The narrow definition for inclusion under ‘Gender reassignment’ has resulted in a confusing picture where it is sometimes assumed that protection applies to all trans* people whereas the reality is that only a transsexual person (as defined within the Act) could successfully win a legal case citing the Equality Act 2010.

There is no reference of trans* people who do not identify exclusively as male or female (non-gendered identity, bi-gendered identity or alternative self-defined identity). The process of reassignment (as defined within the Act) would apply to male and female only – regardless of medical and/or surgical intervention a person has undertaken.

There is no reference of trans* people who do not (intend to) live permanently within the presenting gendered role (cross dresser and others).

There is no reference of intersex people.

During the passage of the Equality Bill, at the consultation and committee stages, there were attempts to broaden the protected characteristic in order to ensure that no person or section within society was essentially left behind.

Unfortunately the governing administration of the day failed to listen.

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights........” (Article 1, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN General Assembly, 1948).

All human beings who reside within a civilised democracy (such as the United Kingdom claims to be) are entitled to protection from discrimination and to have their fundamental rights respected.

I call upon the presiding government to end the discrimination.

2. Recognize Trans People as "Human" - Petition to Support Bill C-389

URGENT PLEASE HELP: In Canada, Trans People are not explicitly recognized as humans. We are NOT in the Human Rights Code... We are NOT protected by Hate Crime legislation.

This electronic petition in support of Bill C-389 will be sent to the Federal Government. (The Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice)

Bill C-389, would ensure basic human rights protections for trans people. By adding "Gender Identity" to the Human Rights Code of Canada, and to Hate Crime Legislation.

It has passed 2nd Reading but is now stuck "in committee". Without popular support - YOUR support, Bill C-389 will stay stuck.

The opposition has stated this is "Useless" and "Unnecessary" legislation. They would be happy to let this "die in committee" and never become law.

Your support is absolutely critical to keep the pressure on. Please, please help us and please, please spread the word.

3. Raising awareness of depression in at-risk groups

We're very concerned at the high suicide rate in young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people and are very keen to see them gain a strong representation in the mental health arena. In short, we want to make sure that we look after these young people.

According to the rough stats we have at hand, people in the GLBTI community are four times more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to fall victim to mental illness, including depression and suicide.

The problem is that we don't really know the actual percentage of GLBTI people who suffer, because we suspect that many of these young people don't ever get the chance to seek help. We are determined to change that.

Beyond Blue (the national depression initiative) in conjunction with Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (part of The University of Adelaide) have produced a draft paper entitled, 'Clinical Practical Guidelines: Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults.'

We would like to have the GLBTI community represented in these guidelines as a group of young people who are at very high risk of mental illness.

4. Save OUTvideo

FEDERAL ATTORNEY GENERAL CLAMPS DOWN ON GLBTI DVD’S


For six years, OUTvideo has specialised in selling and renting a diverse range of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Intersex (GLBTI) titles otherwise unavailable in Australia.

Last week, we were contacted by the Federal Attorney-General’s Office in regard to our distributing material which has not been classified in Australia. We have been instructed by them to remove from sale and rental all unclassified material and we are currently in the process of complying with this order.

Unfortunately, many GLBTI titles never enjoy either a cinematic or DVD release in Australia. Moreover, films classified for theatrical release, must be reclassified for DVD release because DVDs include extra features. Classification is prohibitively expensive for titles for which we may only ever sell and/or rent a handful of copies. Unclassified material constitutes up to two thirds of OUTvideo’s range and customers will notice a drastic reduction in the titles we have available as a result of this action.

This is a substantial financial blow to OUTvideo which is owned and operated by members of our community and contributes generously to community organisations. As OUTvideo sells and rents online throughout Australia, it also represents a dramatic restriction on GLBTI Australians access to visual material representing their unique experience and point of view.

Responses to the news by customers has included the following:
• David – “I was really looking forward to catching up on all the gay themed DVDs… that simply never made it to screen in oz or indeed Darwin”
• Alex – “Where is the freedom of choice for adults over 21?”
• Mark – “This is outrageous anti Australian business discrimination since all the titles are readily available from international websites as personal imports (but at higher cost including postage of course)”

OUTvideo is exploring options including an exemption from the relevant laws on the basis that GLBTI Australians constitute a minority sub-community similar to ethnic/cultural groups. Specialist distributors to these groups also supply unclassified material and import foreign language titles which, like many GLBTI titles, would never be viable local releases. We will keep our customers informed of our progress.

OUTvideo DOES NOT engage in parallel importing and will ALWAYS source local release versions of DVDs where they are available.

The owners and staff of OUTvideo wish to thank all of our customers for their loyalty and patience and assure them that we will continue to do our best to provide the broadest range possible.

5. Solidarity with the Intersex Community

Intersex has consistently been erased from social consciousness and pathologized. The current move to replace intersex with the term “disorders of sex development” will once again erase intersex visibility and reinforce the stigma and shame that so many intersex people have worked so hard to overcome.

We ask all people who support diversity and reject the sexism implicit in the social, not natural, construct of sex and gender as a binary to join the Organisation Intersex International in the following set of Fundamental Principles.