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On August 15, 2011, in Community, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, by K. Lindsay Rakers

The words of Joe Solmonese, President of the HRC
We’ve come to expect GOP candidates to call for a hateful constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. But we never expected them to support forming a commission to investigate pro-equality advocates like you and me.
I’m not making this up. Several of the GOP presidential candidates have now signed a pledge to appoint “a commission to investigate harassment” of anti-LGBT activists. It’s part of a years-long effort by right-wing groups to protect … Continue Reading >

New CLL Leukemia Treatment Provides Promise and Hope

On August 15, 2011, in Community, by K. Lindsay Rakers

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Physicians at the University of Pennsylvania might be heros – at least in my book. My mother has suffered from CLL leukemia for almost 12 years now. While we have been somewhat “lucky” with her health, CLL leukemia has certainly changed her life and the lives of everyone in our family. To date, CLL leukemia (chroniclymphocytic leukemia) is usually kept in check with radiation and chemotherapy but there … Continue Reading >

Olivette Missouri Passed UNANIMOUSLY Two Anti-Discrimination Pieces of Legislation

On July 26, 2011, in Community, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, by K. Lindsay Rakers

According to PROMO:
“This evening, the Olivette City Council passed, with a unanimous vote, two pieces of legislation that would include nondiscrimination protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Olivette in employment, housing and public accommodations, as well as the creation of a Domestic Partner Registry. Through the leadership of Councilman Leif Hauser, Olivette will become the first City in Missouri not only to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance inclusive of both sexual orientation and gender identity at … Continue Reading >

PROMO is a “Hustlin’, Bustlin’, Equality Machine”! Promoting Justice and Equality Throughout the State of Missouri

On July 22, 2011, in Community, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, by K. Lindsay Rakers

There is a lot going on at PROMO this week! PROMO‘s Executive Director, A.J. Bockelman is currently serving as a David Bohnett Gay & Lesbian Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. The members of PROMO continue to work tirelessly to change legislation in Missouri. The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) is a big issue right now. Currently, in the State of Missouri, you can still be fired for being gay, lesbian, bi or transgendered. Also, students in the State of … Continue Reading >

St. Louis LGBT Lawyer Joins PROMO Governor’s Council

On July 21, 2011, in Community, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, by K. Lindsay Rakers

PROMO is a Missouri organization stretching across the state that provides constant advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The group promotes equality through legistlative action, electoral politics, grasswrood organizing and community education.
While I have been a member of Promo and periodically donate my time, I decided that wasn’t enough. Today, I officially joined the “Governor’s Council”. What does that mean? Well it is more than just a monetary donation (which is obviously needed to keep this organization … Continue Reading >

“SlutWalk” in St. Louis’ Grove Neighborhood a Success

On July 16, 2011, in Community, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Safety, by K. Lindsay Rakers

I agree that the name is a little odd but the message is a good one! In this day and age, it seems pretty darn obvious that no one deserves to be raped – regardless of the individual’s choice of dress at the time of the crime. But apparently, there are people out there that still don’t understand this concept. In January of this year, a police officer’s ignorant statement created an uproar across the U.S. While given a talk … Continue Reading >

Olivette Missouri Says YES to Domestic Partnership Registry

On July 15, 2011, in Auto Accident, Community, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Way to go Olivette Missouri! Just as University City Missouri recently decided, Olivette has made a decision to allow its residents to be a part of a domestic partnership registry. The city counsel approved this measure without opposition! The final vote will be at the next meeting. The registry will cost $45 to join and will simply recognize partnerships between unmarried adults as long as they are living together.
As a personal injury attorney, I all-too-often hear of circumstances where … Continue Reading >

Be a Part of the ROCKIN’ Benefit to Support ALS Research!

On July 15, 2011, in Community, Safety, by K. Lindsay Rakers

ALS (amyotrophic lateral schlerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells in both the brain and the spinal cord. When the motor neurons die, the individual’s brain becomes unable to control muscle and movement to the point where all movement ceases. Unfortunately, ALS is a fatal condition for which there is no cure.
We are holding a benefit for those touched by ALS. Please visit our Amp’d Up Against ALS 2011 website for additional information … Continue Reading >

Congrats to the USA Women’s Team WIN in the World Cup Quarterfinal Match!

On July 12, 2011, in Community, by K. Lindsay Rakers

The USA won in dramatic fashion by beating Brazil in a penalty kick shootout in Desden, Germany. The Americans are now headed to the Women’s World Cup semifinals for hte 6th consecutive time. The USA is the only country to have managed to advice to the final four match in every World Cup. Next, the USA will meet France at Borussia Park Stadium on July 14, 2011. ALthough the USA has met France 12 times in other matches, this will … Continue Reading >

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