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FAQ: PROMO is Adding the Q!

What does the Q in LGBTQ stand for? “Queer” or “Questioning.” Generally, PROMO will use the Q to refer to “Queer.” Starting this Pride month, PROMO will begin to use the acronym LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) when referring to our events, in our mission, and when we are collectively referring to our…

How to Interact Effectively With LGBT Clients, Employees, and Communities

Did you know PROMO has been training organizations, businesses, hospitals, and nonprofits in LGBT cultural competency for nearly five years? The PROMO and SAGE of PROMO Fund cultural competency trainings help professionals develop the skills to interact effectively with LGBT clients, employees, and communities. With more people outwardly identifying as LGBT, organizations of all kinds…

Why I Am Asking You to #StandWithJake

Everyone has heard of Westboro Baptist Church based out of Topeka, Kansas, right? Well if you have not, I will not be linking to their website because it is so disgusting. Just imagine the most hateful things and, boom, there you have it. The first time I saw them I was at a Ralph Nader…

Why Come Out for Equality Day in Two Weeks

Sometimes we need to retreat. In the interest of self-care and self-preservation, sometimes we need to stay home, get lost in a book, or let Netflix take us away. This is not the time to stay home. We must find the resilience in ourselves to show up. We must send the message that we’re not…

Three Reasons the Super Bowl Coca-Cola Ad Including Nonbinary People Matters

Coca-Cola did it again, they managed to help educate people softly in a Super Bowl ad. Watch the ad for Coca-Cola’s inclusion of nonbinary and gender nonconforming people. “There is a Coke for he, for she, and her, and me, and them.” What is nonbinary? Nonbinary, also referred to as “gender queer” or “gender nonconforming”,…

Top 12 PROMO Moments of 2017

What a year! Check out the top 12 moments of 2017. 1. Defeated anti-transgender bathroom bill SB 98 2. The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) is debated on the House floor for the first time in history. 3. 9 anti-LGBT bills defeated in 2017, and 7 fewer bills filed than in 2016. 4. The launch of…

Enroll in Health Insurance Before the Dec. 15th Deadline

Regular PROMO Blog readers know how important the Affordable Care Act is to improving LGBTQ health in Missouri. Thanks to health reform, the LGBTQ uninsured rate is lower than ever, more LGBTQ people have access to the health care they need (like mental health care and HIV treatment), and nondiscrimination protections mean our community should…

Because of You.

Because of you, PROMO is ready for whatever comes in 2018. In 2017, we have seen rhetoric, guidance, executive actions, legislation, and even violence, targeting LGBT Missourians within our neighborhoods, in Jefferson City, and at the federal level. It can sometimes be difficult to see a path forward. But that is why PROMO is here…

Transgender Day of Remembrance Events in Missouri

Monday, November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. In 2017 alone, there have been 25 transgender murders, that we know about, including two right here in Missouri (Kiwi Herring and Ally Lee Steinfeld). PROMO commits to working with our national and local partners to train law enforcement on the experiences of LGBT individuals and families…