If I’ve learned anything about PROMO’s donors over the past nine months, I know that you and I refuse to live in a Missouri where we constantly target the most vulnerable. That’s why we keep showing up to fight for the dignity, health, and safety of LGBTQ+ Missourians and everyone that is harmed by dangerous and discriminatory policy.
Lately, it’s been easy to forget that there are more of us — those who believe in equity, bodily autonomy, protecting trans youth and access to inclusive healthcare — than those who want to move Missouri backwards. When we show up strategically, thoughtfully, and bravely, we make our communities more just. That’s why PROMO exists, to confront systemic inequities and to liberate the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ Missourians.
This year we held the line. While states across the region signed anti-LGBTQ bills into law, we kept lawmakers from doing the same here in Missouri. We brought hundreds of advocates to Jefferson City to fight to protect LGBTQ+ families, to advocate for inclusive healthcare and bodily autonomy, and to center the rights of marginalized communities. With bipartisan support, we successfully advanced harm reduction legislation. And, with PROMO’s collaboration and guidance, the St. Louis County Council expanded nondiscrimination protections to include gender expression and to more comprehensively protect LGBTQ+ residents. We educated and mobilized voters and reached over 50,000 households across Missouri through the midterm elections’ Get Out the Vote efforts.
Bill pre-filing begins December 1. And, with your help, we will be ready for what comes. The time for action is now. With your help, in 2023, PROMO will:
- Increase civic engagement across the state through power-building, leadership training for advocates, coordinated mobilization efforts, and intentional listening circles which will empower the community to build a statewide strategy for the years ahead.
- Resist discriminatory and oppressive legislation that targets queer and trans youth and bullies the most vulnerable in our community. We anticipate gratuitous attacks on trans youth, trans athletes, our healthcare and bodily autonomy, same-gender marriage, and more. We are reinforcing strong coalitions to push back; coalitions led by community members most closely impacted by the issues.
- Move inclusive policy forward instead of constantly playing defense and shift the legislature by electing more pro-LGBTQ+ candidates. We will build a groundswell of community support, help advance pro-LGBTQ+ candidates and their vision, and get them elected.
- Build a shared agenda for equity with strategic partners to educate and mobilize a diverse and connected cadre of advocates. Our liberation is tethered to the liberation of all.
WILL YOU CONSIDER MAKING A GIFT TODAY?
When you donate, you can designate your support to PROMO’s community mobilization and power building (click PROMO Fund C3) or PROMO’s under the dome legislative advocacy (click PROMO C4) this upcoming session. Every dollar enables us to respond, resist, and reimagine together.
Thank you for believing and knowing that better is possible.
With gratitude and in hope,
Katy Erker-Lynch (she/they)
P.S. Thanks to a generous donor, gifts between now and December 31 will be matched up to $15,000! Donate online today using the below.
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