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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 >

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 >

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 >

Prominent Grocery Store Denies Rights to Same Sex Workers

On June 7, 2011, in Community, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Recently, I heard from a man who was going through a tough and unfair process with his domestic partner. His partner does, and has for a long time, work at a grocery store chain. This store will not permit these two kind gentlemen health insurance rights – despite the new civil union law. You would know the name if you recognize it. They live in Missouri but this is a chain that has locations in Illinois. Due to the Illinois … Continue Reading >

Illinois “Civil Union Act” to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships: An Opportunity Toward Equality, Regardless of Burdens and Conflicts Between State and Federal Law

On May 19, 2011, in Discrimination, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
The Illinois legislature has recently enacted the Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act (“Civil Union Act” henceforth) which creates a separate status for same-sex couples equivalent in benefits. Appropriate planning, knowledge and information will help you as a same-sex partner arm yourself against the additional burdens attached and conflicts with Federal law. Regardless, the recognition of same-sex relationships by the … Continue Reading >

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