St. Joseph Becomes 15th Missouri City to Enact Comprehensive LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections

By Shane Stahl • September 12, 2018 • 3:21 pm

The city council in the small community of St. Joseph, Missouri voted 8-1 to pass an LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance on Monday night. St, Joseph is now the 15th city in Missouri to protect LGBTQ people in housing, employment, and public spaces.

The victory is particularly meaningful for FFAA CEO Masen Davis – who grew up in St. Joseph:

“I’m so proud of the St. Joseph city council for passing LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. I grew up in St. Joe and attended school there through 9th grade. My heart is full when thinking about what this step forward means for today’s LGBTQ kids in St. Joe. We have a lot of work to do to secure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections in Missouri and nationwide – but this is a really exciting moment for my hometown in the Heartland.”

St. Joseph now joins cities including Kansas City, Ferguson, and Columbia who already have such nondiscrimination protections on the books. To date, 19 states have passed statewide LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections, the most recent being New Hampshire this spring, and Missouri advocates have been working diligently to join them. For 20 years, a bill that would enact statewide nondiscrimination protections, the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA), has been introduced in each legislative session. The bill was passed by the state senate in 2013, but the House adjourned its session without considering it. In 2018, the legislation was voted out of committee for the first time in years – a major show of momentum.

Congratulations to our partners at PROMO, Missouri’s leading LGBTQ advocacy group, for their tireless efforts to make full equality a lived reality for the people of Missouri. Click here to learn more about the history of nondiscrimination protections in the Show-Me State.

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