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The Vital Voice
The Vital VOICE is St. Louis’ premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) informational source for a modern life/style. PROMO Executive Director A.J. Bockelman writes a bi-monthly column exploring the LGBT political world, and he hopes that you will join him in that exploration through this Vital Voice column.
June 14, 2013 The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted in favor of extending health care benefits in its current health care plan for employees. The Interfaculty Council has been working on this case since 2011. PROMO recently became involved in the effort.
Thursday, May 24th, 2013 (Maryland Heights, MO) – Following a unanimous vote this evening from the Maryland Heights City Council, Maryland Heights approved an amendment to the city’s housing laws. This amendment, which was co-sponsored by Councilwoman Kim Baker and Councilman Ed Dirck, Jr. would protect renters and buyers from being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Webster Groves Amends Fair Housing Code to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protections
WEBSTER GROVES, MO – Following a unanimous vote this evening (Feb. 5, 2013), the Webster Groves City Council approved an amendment to the city’s Fair Housing Code. The amendment would protect renters and buyers from being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
(Monday, January 28, 2013) This evening, Governor Nixon released further information on his budget proposal to expand Medicaid coverage. This news greatly impacts the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Missouri.
Following a unanimous vote on December 20, 2012 from the Kirkwood City Council, Kirkwood became the tenth municipality in Saint Louis County to add sexual orientation and gender identity to their already established nondiscrimination policy.
This past August, the Springfield City Council tabled the bill proposal that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance and committed to establish a citizen-led task force to, among other things, discuss the need for such an ordinance and the different ways that ordinance might be implemented in Springfield. At the conclusion of the meetings, the task force will make recommendations for actions to the City Council.