LGBT

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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LGBT web access
5:14 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Mid-Mo. school sued over access to LGBT-related websites

PFLAG v. Camdenton R-III School District was heard Oct. 27th, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A lawsuit over access to LGBT-related websites at a mid-Missouri public school was heard today in federal court in Jefferson City.

The case involves filtering software used by the Camdenton R-3 school district’s library.  The suit was filed by Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union.  Tony Rothert, Legal Director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, says the Camdenton Schools' library uses filtering software that blocks any mention of sex, not just pornography.

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