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Sparking Missouri Hospitals Into Reviewing Their LGBT Welcoming Policies

How do we get hospitals engaged in a review of their LGBT welcoming policies? This is a tricky question, because engaging hospitals can be daunting. Not only is it hard to identify the right person, especially given a hospital’s size and employee numbers, but it is equally as difficult to get hospitals to sit down to review their policies. Needless to say, and I can only speak for myself on this project, this question gave me several sleepless nights.

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A New Phase and Strategy for Missouri Hospital Outreach

In the next series of posts under the Missouri Case Study, we will walk through the approaches we have taken on engaging hospitals on the review of their LGBT welcoming policies. This process has been a collaborative effort that has brought to the table several key local LGBT health leaders along with the technical expertise of Dr. Scout. Knowing that this policy project was unique to the state of Missouri made us feel like we were wading in the uncharted territories of LGBT health policy -- scary at first, but always with the attitude,“if first you don’t succeed; try, try, try, again.”

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Nudging Missouri Hospitals on LGBT Welcoming Policies

Building off of the work of Tracy McCreery, former Manager of Public Policy for PROMO, my name is Andrew Shaughnessy, current Manager of Public Policy. In the last installment of our Missouri Case study, Tracy observed firsthand the difficulty in getting Missouri-based hospitals, which clearly have LGBT friendly policies, to stand up as leaders in filling out the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Don’t worry – this still remains the case for some hospitals – but we are seeing a positive shift from many of our targeted hospitals.
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Legal Same-Sex Marriages Performed in St. Louis City Hall

June 26, 2014: St. Louis Recorder of Deeds, Sharon Carpenter, issued marriage licenses to four St. Louis couples last night. On the one year anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act being struck down, Mayor Slay announced this morning, June 26, 2014, that weddings were performed at the St. Louis City Hall last night.  

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PROMO Expresses Disappointment That Discrimination Was Not Addressed By the Legislature

The last day of the Missouri Legislative Session is today, and the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) was not voted on this year. After 2013, when MONA passed in the Missouri Senate, and public support by over 540 Missouri businesses, there were high hopes that it would be voted on again in 2014. These businesses strongly urged the Missouri Legislature to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act this year.

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Over 350 Missouri Businesses Support the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act

April 2, 2014: This week, the LGBT community celebrates the support of over 350 Missouri-based companies ranging from the small business to the Fortune 500 now voicing their support for workplace protections to the Missouri General Assembly. Larger corporations that have voiced support include Thompson Coburn LLP, Bryan Cave LLP, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, Pfizer, Husch Blackwell, Pinnacle Entertainment, Penn National Gaming, Polsinellli, the Missouri Bar Association of Saint Louis, and Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

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