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Feeling Prideful

Happy last day of Pride Month! We believe that Pride is a time to honor those who came before us and made it possible for us to be where we are today. It is a time to celebrate each other, recognize the value of each other’s worth, and be visible for those who cannot be because…

Pride For All the Colors: A Reflection on the Rainbow Flag

I never cared for the rainbow flag. I saw it as too flashy, gaudy even. Having only seen it mass produced and put on everything from t-shirts to coffee cups, by the time I came to understand that rainbow flag represented the LGBT community I tried my best to avoid it.  Growing up biracial, queer,…

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, we all woke up to the horrific news about the Pulse massacre. That same day was our annual SAGE Summer Celebration. We were all wary about attending an event and all saddened and shocked by the news. But being there gave us an opportunity to mourn alongside our people, our community.…

Meeting People at Pride

Surrounded by colors, music, booths, and crowds of diverse people, Pride is one of the most thrilling times of year while also overwhelming. The first time I was ever around more than three LGBT people was at a Pride, and all I can remember was my complete awe that I was not alone. This excitement…

What Do I Do Now?

I started this blog at least 10 different ways, and none of them felt appropriate. How do you tell people that the Federal government is crafting policy that can impact their daily life, but we don’t know what that looks like or when it will affect life as they know it? At PROMO, we have…

Meet Karis: Southwest Missouri Area Field Organizer

Greetings from Springfield! PROMO is known as Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for our LGBT community. With our office in St. Louis, it is vital to have remote organizers on the ground in areas which need us most. I am thankful to be one of those organizers serving Missouri’s southwest region including Springfield. Over the past…

The Newest PROMO Staff Member

My name is Mandi Kowalski, and I am the new face on the PROMO team that you will be seeing at events and in our community. I am thrilled to be joining a team of such passionate and talented individuals who have also made it their mission to fight for the rights of those disenfranchised…

What Is Happening At the Capitol This Week

In 2016, we spent the majority of our time in legislative session defeating the anti-LGBT SJR 39. So far this year, we have been successful in stopping all of the legislation that is specifically anti-LGBT, including anti-LGBT religious exemption bills, anti-trans bathroom bills, and bills that would undermine marriage equality. But our work is far…

A Look At What Mayor Slay Has Done for the LGBT Community

In his sixteen years as mayor, Mayor Francis Slay has shown his true love for St. Louis’ LGBT community. From actively passing pro-LGBT ordinances and policies, to voicing opposition against statewide anti-LGBT bills, to tangibly challenging the state’s ban on marriage equality, and so much more, he has made St. Louis a better place for…