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.
"They realize that not only is it good for the workplace but its also good for having a vibrant community and keeping a vibrant and strong workforce within their community," Shaughnessy said.
Supporters have been unsuccessful in passing a state law in Missouri that would eliminate discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation when it comes to housing, employment and public accommodations.
Friday's press conference was held in Olivette, which is among the cities that have approved an anti-discrimination ordinance for the LGBT community.