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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.
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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.”