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Politics
3:42 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Missourians For Equality Hold Petition Kickoff To Change State Nondiscrimination Policy

Nonpartisan PAC Missourians For Equality is pushing to include gender identity and sexual discrimination into the state's nondiscrimination policy.
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The gay and lesbian community is pushing to be included in a state law to protect against discrimination. The nonpartisan political action committee Missourians for Equality is kicking off its statewide petition drive in several areas across

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LGBT
12:23 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

St. Louis Listed Among 'Gayest Cities In America'

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The Advocate has listed St. Louis as its number 15 pick on its list of the "Gayest Cities in America" for 2013.

Ranking criteria included points for the number of LGBT elected officials, roller derby teams and "fabulous shopping," among others.

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A Good Year 2012
4:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Anti-Discrimination Measures Contribute To 'Good Year' For St. Louis LGBT Community

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It was another year of incremental progress for the LGBT community in St. Louis.

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Politically Speaking
5:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about a few political issues.

 

On this week's episode: Nixon taking a stance on Medicaid expansion, Missouri Republican plans to cut taxes and St. Louis County's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
11:12 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

St. Louis County Council Updates Non-Discrimination Ordinance To Include LGBT Persons

More than 90 people signed up to deliver public testimony on updates to the St. Louis County non-discrimination ordinance.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Michelle Smith is transgender.

She came out early Tuesday night and was the first of 92 people who signed up to give public testimony. 

She had a steadfast delivery for the first part of her comments in favor of the ordinance.  Then Smith started thinking about her friends and her voice got a little shaky.

“I know a lot of transgender people who are scared every time they go to their job, I have a transgender friend who was fired,” Smith said.    

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St. Louis on the Air
11:09 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Health Disparities Among LGBT Missourians

Missouri Foundation for Health recent study about health disparities in the LGBT community
(via Missouri Foundation for Health)
  • Interview with Ryan Barker and A.J. Bockelman

A recently released report shows there is a disparity in health care among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians.  The study by the Missouri Foundation for Health shows LGBT individuals have less access to health care and tend to be less healthy than the general population.

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Health / LGBT
3:36 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Report: LGBT Missourians tend to be less healthy, have less access to care

Missouri Foundation for Health has released a new study on health conditions of the LGBT community in the state. You can read the full report via the link in the story below.
(via Missouri Foundation for Health)

Reporting from Jacob McCleland of KRCU used in this report.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians have less access to healthcare and tend to be less healthy than the general population. That’s according to a new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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LGBT community seeks protection laws
1:38 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Supporters want more local laws to protect LGBT

(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community Friday called on St. Louis County and individual municipalities to enact anti-discrimination laws.

Five area cities, including the city of St. Louis, have updated their discrimination ordinances to include protections for the LGBT community. Andrew Shaughnessy, with the LGBT advocacy group PROMO, says there are several others considering doing the same thing.

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Zachary Wyatt / Sexual Orientation
4:00 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Rep. Zachary Wyatt: on coming out, and speaking against 'don't say gay'

Republican Missouri State Representative Zachary Wyatt, from Kirksville.
(via Office of Rep. Wyatt)

A Republican member of the Missouri House announced today that he is gay during a press conference on a bill that would limit public schools from discussing sexual orientation in the classroom.  Zachary Wyatt of Kirksville told reporters he has deep regrets for not taking stands earlier against school bullying, and called for lawmakers to shelve the so-called “don’t say gay” bill.

With his disclosure today, Wyatt becomes the only current openly gay Republican state legislator in the nation.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin talked with Wyatt about the bill and his decision to come out.

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Zachary Wyatt / Sexual Orientation
11:28 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. lawmaker Wyatt says he is gay, denounces school bill

Republican Mo. state Representative Zach Wyatt speaking this morning.
(screen capture via Progress Missouri video)

Will be updated.

Updated at 11:59 a.m. with information that Wyatt is the only current openly gay Republican state legislator in the nation.

A Republican Missouri House member has announced publicly that he is gay and called upon GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

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