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Today, the State Senate’s Committee on Progress and Development held its first hearing of the year on the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). Sen. Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) filed the legislation that prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
Missouri continues to remain a state where you can be fired or denied housing simply based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Thankfully, there is a concerted effort on the part of advocates, business organizations, organized labor and thousands of Missourians to pass MONA.
In today's hearing, James Pittman and Steve Urie shared their stories of being fired for being gay. Since Missouri’s Human Rights Statute lacks protection for people who are LGBT, the two cannot seek justice for the financial and personal hardship they’ve faced. The committee also heard powerful testimonies from groups such as Missouri NEA, PROMO, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, and the ACLU. Corporate representatives, joined by the Kansas City and St. Louis Chambers of Commerce, spoke about the positive economic impact MONA would have on the state.
You can help with this effort. If you tweet, use #MONA16 and remember to "like" PROMO on Facebook to get regular updates on actions related to MONA. Above all, please contact your legislators and urge them to vote yes on #MONA16.