Thanks in large part to the work of PROMO and TransHaven, Saint Louis, MO., has added gender identity to the city’s Civil Rights Ordinance. Gender identity now joins the list of protected categories in the city, offering protections in housing, public accommodations, and employment to all St. Louisans.
Alderman Shane Cohn was given a platform to introduce the amendment to the Civil Rights bill at a town hall sponsored by the two Missouri-based advocacy groups in May, and last Friday Board Bill 67 was unanimously approved by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Mayor Slay signed these basic rights into law yesterday, protecting his constituents from unjust discrimination in The Gateway City. With this inclusive bill, St. Louis joins Kansas City and University City in offering these protections and setting an example for the rest of the Show Me State, where diversity is embraced rather than marginalized.
Our congratulations and thanks go out to PROMO, TransHaven, and St. Louis!