The Missouri Foundation for Health’s August 2012 report on LGBT Health Disparities identified that one in seven LGBT Missourians report discrimination in the workplace. Maybe even more unsettling is the fact that you can be fired, denied housing or refused service for being gay in the state of Missouri. LGBTQ groups and organizations across the state are working to address this issue by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Missouri Human Rights Statute.

This protection is critical for innumerable LGBTQ people in our state. We all deserve the right to work, to have our basic needs met, and to expect to be free from discrimination. Join up with a group in your community to learn more about what’s being done to extend non-discrimination protections in Missouri.