These links provide resources for health-related issues, care, and information.
The movement for LGBT equality is relatively young when viewed through the lens of other social justice causes such as the civil rights movement in the 1950s & 1960s or the women's suffrage movement at the turn of the last century. PROMO celebrates the advancements made over the last 25 years of our organizational history, including Missouri passing the first inclusive Hate Crimes Law in the nation in 1999. As we continue this work at the local, state, and federal level, we hope to have your help and support in those efforts.
While PROMO works to create statewide change, we recognize that the needs for each region are very different; therefore, PROMO has staff in 3 separate offices, each covering separate regions of the state. Regional staff not only works toward statewide legislative protections, but also municipal protections in each region. PROMO's local work is broken down into 5 regions. Please click on your region to learn about the work PROMO is doing in your area and how you can contact your regional PROMO staff.
Want to know how Missouri compares to other states? Here is a snapshot of nondiscrimination ordinances in the United States.
Eliminating LGBT health disparities and enhancing efforts to improve LGBT health are necessary to ensure that LGBT individuals can lead long, healthy lives. The many benefits of addressing health concerns and reducing disparities include:
• Reductions in disease transmission and progression
• Increased mental and physical well-being
• Reduced health care costs
• Increased longevity
Good health is part of what equality for LGBT people really means. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us almost fifty years ago that “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
In 2004, Missouri was one of the first states in a nationwide wave of states that passed a constitutional amendment, by 72%, against marriage between same-sex couples. At PROMO, we don't sugar-coat it. In order for us to overturn this effort, we have to win hearts and minds. It starts by getting nondiscrimination passed at a statewide level. No state has been able to advance any kind of relationship recognition without first securing everyone a place in society by being protected in their job, having a safe place to live, and access to essential services.
According to the Missouri Foundation for Health’s report, Responding to LGBT Health Disparities, in Missouri, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals can experience a complex set of health challenges. They are less likely than heterosexual Missourians to report good health, and are more likely than the general population to face conditions including heart disease, asthma, obesity, smoking-related illness, substance abuse and depression. These disparities can be linked to health behaviors, social and economic environments, clinical care, insurance coverage, and access to preventive care.
What is happening to further equality in the Springfield and Southwest Missouri region?