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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.
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.
(Tuesday, November 27th 2012) This evening the St. Louis County Council voted and passed an ordinance that would include sexual orientation and gender identity in St. Louis County’s nondiscrimination protections in unincorporated St. Louis County, affecting over 321,000 residents. The ordinance was co-sponsored by Councilman Pat Dolan (D), Council District 5, and by Councilwoman Kathleen Burkett (D), Council District 2. PROMO applauds the leadership of both Councilmembers in making sure that St. Louis County remains a warm and welcoming community to all of its citizens.
(September 25th 2012) Following a 4:3 vote this evening from the Maplewood City Council, Maplewood became the seventh city in St. Louis County that has remedied the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens from their nondiscrimination protections and extends these protections to more than 8,000 residents