November 27, 2020

No protection for LGBT in Missouri, group says

Missouri law doesn’t prevent someone from being fired from their job, evicted from their apartment or kicked out of a restaurant because of their sexuality. LGBT groups like PROMO, a Missouri statewide organization that advocates for LGBT rights, are attempting to raise awareness on legislation in the Missouri House and Senate to ban discrimination on sexual orientation. House Bill 615 and Senate Bill 96 would prohibit any form of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.

PROMO launched a website, www.FiredForBeingGay.com.  The website informs people of what it views to be inadequate legal protection against discrimination for LGBT people in Missouri.

Webster Groves is one of 10 Missouri cities that have passed a bill prohibiting a form of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The bill specifically bans discrimination on any matters of housing, but not in jobs or other areas.

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