Petition: Shut down the (not-so) Secret app

The popular Secret app is one of the hottest on the market today. Recently, however, the app that allows you to tell your secrets anonymously has been the target of those who say the app encourages a toxic envi...
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Online petition calls for Ga. political leaders to support same-sex marriage

Former Congressman Nathan Deal is vying to become Georiga's next Governor

Amanda Lee Carver, a lesbian from Gainesville, Ga., has created a petition on the popular social advocacy website Change.org;  calling for the state's political leaders to embrace marriage equality.

The petition follows recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, both of which considered victories by LGBT rights supporters.

From the campaign webpage:

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Petition pops up urging Atlanta City Council to outlaw sex shops on Cheshire Bridge Road

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A petition popped up this week on change.org urging the Atlanta City Council to banish adult businesses on Cheshire Bridge Road.

Posted to the popular website by a group calling itself "Concerned Atlanta Residents" and made up of people living in the area, the petition states, "Adult businesses are incompatible with residential neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods were here decades before the adult businesses started appearing on Cheshire Bridge through a series of zoning loopholes and poor decisions/enforcement by the City of Atlanta."

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Boy Scouts keeps gay ban for now; task force to study impact of gay members

Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gayNot even a recent statement of support made by President Barack Obama could persuade the Boy Scouts of America's board of directors today to lift the ban on openly gay scouts and organization leaders.

BSA announced last week that it would take up the issue at its next board meeting. A statement from the BSA released last week signaled a willingness to lift a ban on gay scouts, but such a ban continues.

“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,” the organization said via a prepared statement after their Board meeting concluded.

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Reports: Ernst & Young CEO comes out in support of gays in Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gay

James Turley, national Boy Scouts Board member and CEO of Ernst & Young issues statement saying he is coming out in support of gay inclusion in scouting, according to CNBC and GLAAD.

The decision came after Jennifer Tyrell, a lesbian den mother from Ohio, was kicked from the Boy Scouts after a year of serving as her son's den leader, she alleges. She's created a petition on Change.org calling on the Boy Scouts of America to reconsider its policy toward gay scouts and gay leaders. The petition currently has some 300,000 signatures.

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N.C. student petitions to overturn Amendment One

Not even 24 hours old and already activists in North Carolina are pushing to have Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, overturned.

Some 60 percent of North Carolina voters supported Amendment One on the ballot.

Jenn Halweil, a North Carolina college student, has taken matters into her own hands and has created a petition on Change.org calling for one million people to demand the state supreme court overturn the constitutional amendment.

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Petition asks President Obama to require LGBT non-discrimination policies for federal contractors

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More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order to require companies that hold federal contracts to enact LGBT non-discrimination employment policies.

The petition was started by Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to Work, an organization dedicated to protecting LGBT workers from harassment in the workplace.

According to Freedom to Work, some 16 million Americans who work with the federal government are unprotected from anti-gay discrimination on the job.

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Speaking Out: How young is too young for gender transition?

GA Voice readers were divided over the case of D., a second grader in Townsend, Ga. (www.thegavoice.com, Aug. 26; update in print edition, Sept. 2).

Labeled a girl at birth, the child began living as a boy last year. Tommy Theollyn, D’s parent who is also a female-to-male transgender, wants him to be able to use the boys’ bathroom at Todd Grant Elementary School, but the McIntosh County Public Schools superintendent refused.

D, who was previously home-schooled, is now being homeschooled again. Meanwhile, a petition Theollyn started on Change.org has more than 31,000 signatures asking for D. to be allowed to use the boys’ bathroom at school.

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Change.org petition aims to out Bert and Ernie

Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie

Some 1,200 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling for PBS and the makers of children's show “Sesame Street” to let perennial roommates Bert and Ernie marry. The petition, created by Lair Scott, was posted two days ago. A Facebook page created for the cause has 400 fans.

The petition reads:

In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful. Only that they allow Bert & Ernie to marry or even add a transgender character to the show. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.

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Small Ga. newspaper calls gays who want to marry ‘perverts’

Georgia Equality issued an action alert this afternoon over a column in the Sandersville Progress and other Georgia newspapers written by Robert Tribble called “You Might Be A Liberal If...” The column takes several pot-shots at left-wingers and goes as far as to call gays and lesbians wishing to marry “perverts.”

Tribble is the owner of several Georgia newspapers including the Sandersville Progress and the Fayette County News.

There are eight “you might be a liberal ifs” but below is certainly the most offensive to LGBT persons.

"If you think that you know more than God and find it perfectly acceptable for two perverts to marry each other you're a liberal,” one of the bullet points in the letter read.