LGBT

LGBTQ Health Disparities
6:19 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Growing Number of Insurance Plans Cover Gender Reassignment

Andre Wilson, an inclusive health advocate and transgender man, is speaking at Washington University in St. Louis on Nov. 13 and 14.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

Andre Wilson lived as a woman for the first 43 years of his life. It was excruciating, he said.

“I lived a life of depression, suicidality. I couldn’t even explain to myself, let alone others, what the barriers were,” Wilson said. “One lives a life of never having access to the core self.”

When Wilson began hormone therapy to transition into becoming a man, everything changed.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

St. Louis County Decides To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses. Will Other Counties Follow Now?

Lilly Leyh, left, and Sadie Pierce were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in St. Louis after the court decision came down.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

After Wednesday's ruling that Missouri's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, offices in St. Louis and St. Louis County have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

But so far, other counties in Missouri have expressed reluctance at issuing their own.

The Recorders' Association of Missouri, an organization that all recorders of deeds are part of, has advised recorders outside of the city of St. Louis not to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Judge Rules Missouri's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional; Couples Step Up In St. Louis

A group of women hug at the St. Louis Recorder of Deeds office after a judge struck down Missouri's ban on same sex marriage.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A judge in St. Louis has ruled Wednesday that Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Almost immediately, several same-sex couples made their way to City Hall to get their marriage licenses.

"The court recognizes that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right and liberty deeply rooted in the history of the United States," St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in his ruling Wednesday. He heard arguments in the case on Sept. 29.

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Masquerading Ordinance
10:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Halloween Arrests In The 1960s Sparked St. Louis' LGBT Movement

Ron Reed was an exuberant Strawberry Shortcake this weekend in the Central West End.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

At the annual Halloween costume contest in St. Louis’ Central West End, all the Halloween staples are present. There are superheroes, vampires and men in dresses.

One man wearing a little red dress for the night’s festivities was Ron Reed. He dressed as Strawberry Shortcake -- high heels, green and white striped thigh high hose and a wig are all included in the ensemble.

Reed says he likes the attention he gets in the outfit.

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Soulard
1:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Monday Is Last Call At Clementines, St. Louis’ Iconic Gay Bar

Credit Used with permission of Clementines

In 1978, the closet was the only safe place for most gay people in St. Louis. But after Clementines bar opened at 2001 Menard St., local gays found another, less lonely haven.

This week, Clementines announced that it’s closing.

When it opened, there was no such acronym as LGBT. In polite company, gays were referred to as homosexuals, and called much worse in private conversations and during all-too-common street harassment and violence. Sex between two men or two women was illegal in Missouri and many other states.

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Project Goes Public
11:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Collaboration Expands LGBT Collection At The Missouri History Museum

A box full of LGBT periodicals is just part of what has been collected by the St. Louis LGBT history project.
Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Nearly 40 years ago, Brian Hyland’s song "Gypsy Woman" played on a Jukebox and former St. Louis resident Lee Maynard found his name for performing in drag: Gypsy Lee. It was the first song that came on and someone said that was a great name. Maynard agreed.

When Maynard performed as Gypsy Lee around St. Louis in the 1970s, his standby song was Cher’s "Half-Breed." It’s a song that matched his elaborate costume.

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Events Converge
9:07 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Commentary: 9/11, Ferguson And 'The Normal Heart'

The exterior shell of the World Trade Center south tower
Credit FEMA | Wikipedia

Some moments in life never lose their power. There are two moments, two short hours, that I will always, ALWAYS, remember. And both came together on the  evening of Sept. 11, 2014.

One memory remains as clear as it can be: the hour watching live TV in my kitchen here in St. Louis as two planes flew into the World Trade Center in the where city I was born and raised in. It was Sept. 11, 2001.

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LGBT Center
1:15 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

St. Louis’ LGBT Center Set To Reopen By January With Expanded Services

Board president Dara Strickland
Credit LGBT Center

Organizers of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center of St. Louis plan to open their doors in a new spot by by Jan. 1.

They're looking to buy their own building. The wish list includes a space four times the size of the approximately 2,000 square-foot location they were renting at 4337 Manchester Ave. in The Grove.

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Play, Men's Chorus
10:38 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

LGBT Pride Month Means Showtime in St. Louis

Credit From the movie site

St. Louis’ June 28-29 PrideFest may be weeks away, but more LGBT events and performances are coming up in the next few days.

Beginning Thursday night, Stray Dog Theatre presents “Love! Valour! Compassion!" to be staged every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through June 28 at South City's Tower Grove Abbey.

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St. Louis Rams
9:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Michael Sam Just Wants To Play Football

Michael Sam with Rams coach Jeff Fisher.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Michael Sam, the only openly gay professional football player, was introduced at a news conference at Rams Park Tuesday. 

Sam received unprecedented attention for a 249th pick in the NFL draft. He answered questions for nearly half an hour during the news conference. That's much longer than what even No. 2 draft pick, fellow St. Louis rookie, Greg Robinson, had to endure.

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