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Springfield MO: A Pyrrhic Victory for Discrimination

In the third century BCE, a Greek general named Pyrrhus fought to conquer and maintain rule over various territories around the Adriatic Sea. Over time, though, his battles became increasingly expensive and devastating. In response to congratulations for winning one such costly victory, he is reported to have said: "If we are victorious in one more battle, we shall be utterly ruined." 

 

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Springfield Missouri Votes to Repeal Protections for LGBT People

On April 7, 2015, Springfield residents voted to repeal the nondiscrimination ordinance which was made law by the Springfield City Council in October of 2014. This comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance added sexual orientation and gender identity to the existing nondiscrimination ordinance and protected against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. 

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Transgender Individuals Need Access to Basic Healthcare

By Sayer Johnson, Executive Director of St. Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group

Basic transgender health is vastly different from our friends in the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community. As a co-founding member of the St. Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group, board member of the LGBT Center of St. Louis, and as a trans man myself, I have firsthand experienced this difference in our community. 

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Sparking Interest from Rural Missouri Hospitals on LGBT Health

Upon concluding the review process for our Mid-Missouri and Southeast Missouri Hospitals, health advocates were faced with the challenge of sparking interest among rural hospital officials on a review of their LGBT welcoming policies. Knowing the formula for sparking interest among urban hospitals, we knew that rural outreach would be considerably different. Putting on our strategy caps, advocates came up with a road map to engage these hospitals.

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Missouri Is Not Kansas

We are seeing anti-LGBT policies and laws implemented in states that are all too close to home. As you may already know, Kansas shamefully removed employment protections for their LGBT state workers, Arkansas passed a bill that prevents cities from enacting their own laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination, and West Virginia just passed a similar bill out of committee that would take local control away from cities. Missouri is no exception. Just in the past two months, we have seen five bills pop up that threaten the quality of life for LGBT Missourians. 

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