Category Archives: blog

Welcoming PROMO’s New Executive Director

During the legislative session, the work comes fast and furious. The past two weeks have been no exception, as the PROMO team and LGBTQ+ advocates across Missouri mobilized against SB 781 and HB’s 2724, 2461 & 2197 – bills banning transgender young people from participating in sports.  At a time when our community’s rights (and…

Yes to Expand Medicaid

With a Yes on Amendment 2, we can improve health care for Missourians. On Tuesday, August 4, Missouri voters will decide whether more than 200,000 of our fellow residents will qualify for Medicaid. We at PROMO strongly encourage a Yes on 2 to expand Medicaid. For too many years, our state legislature and governor have…

Honor Them With Action

We began pride month by acknowledging the Stonewall Inn riots, led by Black and brown trans women, who fought back against rampant police brutality in the name of equality. Once again, people have taken to the streets in response to yet another police murder of a Black man, George Floyd, and the violence that continues…

Protest Safety Tips

Many in our community are out in the streets working for justice, and others are wondering how to start. It’s important to be safe –– which means understanding the level of risk you are willing to put yourself through before you even leave your home. The Movement for Black Lives has suggestions we would like to…

An Extra Helping to Transform Missouri

Like you, PROMO is feeling the loss of our annual opportunity to celebrate equality together during URBANAIRE. URBANAIRE is PROMO’s annual fundraising event that brings together 500+ LGBTQ-supporters, community leaders, politicians, and equality enthusiasts from all backgrounds to mingle with fellow advocates; indulge on some of the finest foods and cocktails St. Louis has to…

The Census Counts, So Do You.

The census is a complete count of every single person in the US. Census numbers determine funding and political power to our communities, and it’s a one-in-ten year chance to get the power our neighborhoods deserve. So many important programs in Missouri are impacted by the census. Census numbers determine funding to health care, SNAP,…

LGBTQ History Month

It’s LGBTQ History Month, and PROMO is proud to honor an organization in our state that has been unapologetically pushing forward for equality and progress in Missouri. LGBTQ History Month was first celebrated in 1994, founded by Missouri history teacher, Rodney Wilson. This month is set aside to bring awareness and visibility to those whom…

Celebrate Bisexual Day!

Everyday, I witness our Missouri legislators find their passion and harness their voice to speak out on legislation they believe in. Specifically, watching legislators like House Minority Floor Leader Crystal Quade speak out against HB 126 and openly gay Rep. Greg Razer call out anti-LGBTQ rhetoric by sharing their personal stories taught me to see…

#StopTheBans

In the final days of the legislative session, Missouri passed one of the most extreme bills in the country, following the lead of states like Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama. House Bill 126, known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” would ban abortion as early as eight weeks  — before many people even know they are…