human rights act

Politics
11:18 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Fighting for LGBT job and housing rights in two different ways

Executive Director of PROMO AJ Bockelman and Representative Jon Wright
Alexandra Olgin KBIA

In November we told you about the debate in the Missouri legislature over including sexual orientation and gender identity in the Human Rights act. It would offer protection to make sure LGBT aren’t discriminated for housing and employment discrimination. There are two groups trying to achieve the same goal in two different ways. One organization is trying to get the state legislature to change policy, while another wants to leave the decision to voters on the ballot in 2014.

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Talking Politics
3:54 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Battle continues over LGBT protection in Missouri's Human Rights Act

Kylar Broadus (right) works with his assistant Maria out of his home in Columbia
Alexandra Olgin KBIA

The current human rights act in Missouri says, to discriminate against any person because of “race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, or familial status” is illegal, but it doesn’t cover gender identity and sexual orientation. It’s not just in Missouri, right now 29 states have no protections for sexual orientation and 34 have no discrimination protections for transgender individuals.

Aaron Malin is the co-founder of Missourians for Equality, an organization that is attempting to take the issue of employment and housing discrimination of LGBT members to a ballot in 2014. The proposal would be an amendment to the current legal definition of discrimination in Missouri.

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