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Victories This Legislative Session

The expression, “It gets worse before it gets better” could not more accurately describe the events at the Capitol during the last week of session.   The second to last day of legislative session, both the House and the Senate were completely shut down. Not one bill was debated the entire day. Instead, the House was dealing with a scandal and the Senate was at a standstill after the majority party used a rare motion to leave the minority party voiceless. It doesn’t get lower than this. 

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Celebrating Two More Years of LGBT Health Work!

PROMO Fund and SAGE Metro St. Louis are thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded a two years contract through the Missouri Foundation for Health to continue the work of the LGBT health access team. The LGBT health access team is a joint effort that seeks to decrease health disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Missourians through improving access to health and social services. Through LGBT welcoming policy changes and education on LGBT disparities and issues, this collaboration has proven itself successful.

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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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