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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.
Missouri Representatives File HB 2051, the "Don't Say Gay" bill, to silence LGBT Youth and Communities
(April 20, 2012) Missouri has it's own "Don't Say Gay" bill, and it was just referred to committee this week. This bill would eliminate discussions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in public schools, prohibit teachers from addressing bullying based on sexual orientation, and likely ban gay-straight alliances.
(April 23, 2012) Let us get right to the point. We are asking you to continue taking action against House Bill 2051, which we are calling the “Don’t Say Gay” bill because it attempts to remove discussion of sexual orientation from public schools.
(February 27, 2012) Today, the Jackson County Legislature unanimously voted to update the County Codes to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT) from discrimination in housing and public accommodations.
(March 19, 2012) This evening, the Richmond Heights City Council passed an ordinance that would include nondiscrimination protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
(December 15, 2011) First and foremost, allow us to extend a huge THANK YOU to the PROMO community of supporters and allies. In a challenging year, within a challenging state, PROMO has managed not just to survive, but to thrive, winning key victories on behalf of the LGBT community.
(November 22, 2011) This evening, the Clayton City Council introduced and passed, unanimously, legislation that would include nondiscrimination protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Through the leadership of Mayor Linda Goldstein and the Clayton City Council, Clayton will become the third city in St. Louis County to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance inclusive of both sexual orientation and gender identity.