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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…

Five Ways to Make Your Mental Health a Priority Today

Today, November 1, is Stress Awareness Day. In honor of this day let’s take a look at five ways you can take care of YOU today, and every single day. 1. Take a digital break, once a month for an entire weekend. Recharge and refuel, perhaps even going where there is no service. via GIPHY…

Top 5 Reasons We Need Inclusive Businesses

It is all too often we hear about businesses who are denying LGBT people services. We see the cases, hear reports from friends, and read the news articles. But we don’t hear enough about the positives– the businesses that are doing the right thing. The businesses who do not allow discrimination, have LGBT inclusive policies,…

Celebrating National Coming Out Day in the Show-Me State

In a perfect world there would be no need to “come out.” There would be no National Coming Out Day. All humans would be each other’s allies and express affirmation for each other’s sexual orientation and gender identity. But this is not often a reality for many in Missouri. Born in response to a national…

How the Department of Justice’s Guidance is a License to Discriminate

You are beautiful. Let’s just start with that. Take a minute and remember how beautiful you are. How perfect you are, exactly how you are. You are loved. You are light. You are beautiful. Last week, the United States government, through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, issued a license-to-discriminate. Using…

12 Unforgettable Moments in Missouri LGBT History

Before we begin, did you know LGBT History Month was founded by a Missourian? Rodney Wilson, a Missouri history teacher, started LGBT History Month in 1994. That, in itself, is unforgettable. These unforgettable moments are in no particular order. Have more to add, comment below. 1. LGBT rights organizations form for the first time in…

The Stockley Verdict

This weekend has been an important past few days in the fight for equality and justice. This past Friday, former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley was found Not Guilty by a judge for the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith. In response, organized, nonviolent actions began across St. Louis City and St. Louis County, including…

Difficult Two Weeks

Dear Friend, Early Tuesday morning, Kiwi Herring was killed by Saint Louis Metro Police Officers. Kiwi was a transgender woman of color and is survived by her partner and their three children. Kiwi was a member of our LGBT community. We mourn her loss, and we will continue to remember her and say her name. Two nights in a…

LGBTQ Students: Making the Best of the School Year

This is the first year that I will not be returning back to school, and I can finally say that I am envious of all of you who get to return to the classroom. As an LGBT person, school was always complicated, regardless of which school. I went to them all. I went to public…