Missouri Senate Passes Religious Freedom Bill after Record 39 Hour Filibuster

Eight Missouri Democratic Senators conducted a record-breaking filibuster in an attempt to keep SJR 39 from passing. SJR 39 is a bill that will provide for a public vote to pass a law allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of religious freedom. For 39 1/2 hours, Senators Maria Chapelle-Nadal, Kiki Curls, Jason Holsman, […]

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Businesses and Faith Leaders Stand Up to Proposed Missouri Bill

Businesses, faith leaders, organizations, and residents of Missouri have joined together to tell Missouri General Assembly to reject anti-LGBT legislation. The letter reads in part: We are calling on you to reject anti-LGBT legislation, particularly SJR 39, in Missouri. Per a recent report from Visit Indy, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana cost the […]

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“Bathroom Bill” Targeting Trans Students Fails in South Dakota

HB 1008 brought national media attention to lawmakers in South Dakota recently. The bill, which mandated that K-12 students use restrooms and locker rooms that matched their “anatomy at birth” or their “chromosomes,” was passed into law, making South Dakota the first state in the nation to write laws specifically targeting transgender youth, and putting the […]

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Flash Mob Proposal Goes Viral

This is one of those videos that will make you say “awwwwww!” Jared and Adam fell in love at a cycling studio. The proposal during a spin class is not to be missed. Watch now!  

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MSU Adds Gender Identity and Expression to Their Nondiscrimination Policy

The Missouri State University Board of Governors voted in favor, 6-1, of amending the university’s nondiscrimination policy for both students and employees to include gender identity and gender expression. Other categories that they voted in favor to add include marital status, family status, pregnancy and genetic information. The policy already protects students and employees based […]

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MONA Passes Out of Senate Committee!

The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) is making strides in the Missouri Legislature. MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Statute, which currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations for other protected categories, including race, sex, and national origin. The Progress & Development Committee, led by Senator Joseph Keaveny, […]

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Kansas Bill Would Send Teachers to Prison for Mentioning Sex

The door is opening in Kansas for the wholesale elimination of art, literature, and discussion containing any hint of sexual material. These things will not be banned, they will be discarded through coercion and threats. Under a Republican bill approved by the Kansas Senate in 2015, and now under consideration by a Kansas House committee, […]

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Since Mormon church enacted anti-gay policy, 32 young LGBTI people have killed themselves

Since a severe new anti-gay policy was enacted in the Mormon Church last fall, 32 LGBTI people between the ages of 14 and 20 have committed suicide. The devastating number was made public by a group of Mormon mothers with gay children called the Mama Dragons. In November, church leaders released new policies targeting gay […]

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Oklahoma GOP Bill Would Ban Suicidal LGBT Teens From Seeking Help From Pro-Gay Therapists

In another bit of negative regional news for the LGBT community… If Oklahoma Republicans have their way, the suicide rate among LGBT teens will skyrocket. LGBT teens are, by far, the most vulnerable group within the LGBT community because they are not considered adults yet and therefore are subject to the will of their parents, […]

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A Great Story About a PFLAG Mom

On a snowy night a few winters ago, Anita Gorrell’s youngest child dropped a letter in front of her and zipped out of the room. The family had just moved to Indianapolis, and her youngest — a socially anxious teenager who had to be home-schooled — was doing better than ever, after a surprising request […]

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