LGBT

St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

In Depth: How Will The Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings Impact Missourians?

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Gay rights activists view the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage as a victory.

In two 5-4 decisions, the Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and effectively put to rest California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage by ruling that its supporters did not have standing to challenge a lower court’s ruling that the measure was unconstitutional.

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LGBT
12:56 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Thousands Celebrate At Gay Pride Events

PrideFest's annual parade was held for the first time in downtown St. Louis on Sunday, June 30
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

In the rotunda of St. Louis’ City Hall, family and friends erupted in applause during a mass commitment ceremony for same sex couples on Saturday afternoon.

Andrew Shaughnessy is with the LGBT rights advocacy group PROMO and said despite the fact gay marriage isn’t legal in Missouri, that didn’t dampen the mood.

“People are feeling comfortable, they want to live their lives the way they are,” Shaughnessy said. 

The ceremony was part of a weekend loaded with gay pride events in St. Louis that were part of PrideFest  and an alternative event at Tower Grove Park.  

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LGBT
6:27 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Executive Director Of LGBT Center Of St. Louis Steps Down

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The executive director of the LGBT Center of St. Louis stepped down Monday. Leon Braxton Jr. turned in his resignation after the Board of Directors confronted him about personal uses of the organization's money.

Colin Lovett, the president of the board, declined to specify what the money was used for.

"It wasn't a ton," Lovett, the President of the Board said. "It was less than $5,000. They were personal in nature. And so it's somewhat of a personal in nature, that's all the detail we're able to go into at the moment."

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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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