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ST. LOUIS – Orange was very much the new black at last night’s Urbanaire at City Hall benefitting PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization. Over 700 LGBT supporters joined Honorary Chairpersons Mayor Slay and Monietta Slay; community leaders, politicians and Missourians of every stripe to celebrate, mingle and indulge on some of the finest food, cocktails and entertainment St. Louis has to offer.  

 

Guests were encouraged to wear a form of the party's signature color and a kaleidoscope of orange was on display from ginger and carrot to starfish and salamander.  

 

Founded in the wake of the 1987 Bowers v Hardwick Supreme Court decision upholding sodomy laws across the nation, PROMO (formerly PREP or the Privacy Rights Education Project) is Missouri's statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing and community education. 

 

Since 1999, the organization has championed and introduced the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act or MONA to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights statute, which currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations for other categories, including race, biological sex and familial status. 

 

The bill, who’s first sponsor was Steve McLuckie from Kansas City, would expand the definition of discrimination to include any unfair treatment based on a person’s “presumed or assumed” characteristics, regardless of whether those presumptions are correct.  

 

Both House and Senate Committees heard testimony on MONA earlier this year and the legislation enjoys the support of over 542 Missouri-based businesses. Proponents hope to see the legislation voted on in both chambers this week ahead of the end of the legislative session on Friday.  

Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, had pledged to sign the legislation into law.

 

 



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