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To: Star Tribune

Demand an apology from Star Tribune

Demand an apology from Star Tribune

Apologize for printing an ad targeting students like me for fear, disinformation, and discrimination.

Why is this important?

My name is Zeam, and I am a transgender/gender non-conforming student who had to quit sports because of the lack of support within schools. I am not only saddened because I had to cut out an important aspect out of my high school career, but also because I feel as though I cannot escape harassment — now even just reading the Star Tribune. It was painful to be on a team where I was expected to be someone I’m not. From the gendered uniforms to the phrase used to rally the team, I felt like a soulless body replaced me every game I played in. That’s why I was so hurt when the Star Tribune on Sunday ran a full-page ad full of blatant discrimination, problematic language and harmful intention about transgender students. The ad tried to smear a proposal for the Minnesota State High School League that would ensure that transgender students can participate in sports and be athletes like everyone else. The ad perpetuates negative roles of female-bodied individuals as well as erases trans* identities and promotes discrimination. The group who paid for the ad has also personally attacked me as well as other students in fliers, printing our legal names next to our identities in red, and negatively describing our work for safer schools. The Star Tribune should not be affiliated with such harassment and a group promoting discrimination. The Star Tribune needs to discontinue the ad, issue an apology, and work on a story covering this topic from the perspective of trans* student athletes.

Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • I signed because I think we have a responsibility to show support to others who can use it!
  • Students in the uNited States are protected under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in schools.That said school systems in your state better change their act of face major litigation!
  • I signed because everyone is awesome and deserves the chance to be the best them they can be. If you aren't going to be yourself, then who will? Much love! <3

Updates

2014-12-01 16:50:22 -0800

The Star Tribune has continued to choose monetary profit over the safety of trans athletes by published another ad by the Child Protection League. I urge you to sign and spread this petition again to show not only your support but disapproval of such harassment.

For more information, I encourage you to read this op-ed: http://thecolu.mn/14977/child-protection-league-action-uses-stock-photo-lesbian-novel-anti-lgbt-ad

2014-09-30 16:14:41 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2014-09-30 09:01:41 -0700

500 signatures reached

2014-09-29 20:27:45 -0700

100 signatures reached

2014-09-29 19:49:07 -0700

50 signatures reached

2014-09-29 19:15:44 -0700

25 signatures reached

2014-09-29 18:43:56 -0700

10 signatures reached