Greg Razer is the only openly gay member of the Missouri State Senate, a legislature that continues to discriminate against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) people in the United States. Despite more states striving to pass laws that protect LGBTQ people, state legislatures are still introducing bills that limit local protections and allow the use of religion to discriminate. Little research has been done on the experiences of LGBTQ families in early education programs, particularly on transgender and gender-nonconforming children. However, news reports indicate that too many young people suffer discrimination in these settings.
Andrew Bailey, newly appointed Missouri Attorney General, delivered a speech after taking the oath of office on Tuesday, January 3.Through executive directives, counties and cities can instruct their human resources departments to participate in outreach initiatives aimed at members of the LGBTQ community, consider diversity as an important factor in hiring decisions, and enact policies that help retain LGBTQ employees. In addition to making broad statements about the inclusion of LGBTQ people, mayors can designate their cities as welcoming communities, particularly for LGBTQ immigrants and refugees. There is a need to pay special attention to LGBTQ issues in any training plan on violence and harassment in schools.
Why has this become such an important issue in Missouri's politics?In recent years, at least a dozen Republican states have passed restrictions on transgender rights.
Jamie Reed alleged that the center's doctors had inappropriately prescribed hormones without rigorous evaluation or parental consent and detailed cases of harmful physical and psychological side effects he said he had witnessed because of puberty blockers or intersex hormones. In other words, you're four times more likely to be struck by lightning than to be a trans child on a Missouri state sports team. In the United States, positive changes are taking place in the sociopolitical environment of LGB+ people as demonstrated by the increase in social acceptance and the promotion of civil rights. However, there is still much work to be done.
For example, Ron DeSantis signed into law the so-called “Don't Say Gay or Trans People” law which restricts information about LGBTQ people in public schools in that state and makes LGBTQ youth fear for their safety. The Multnomah County (Oregon) community school program partnered with a local LGBTQ organization to provide anti-bullying training to educators and coordinate GSAs (Gender & Sexuality Alliances) in schools. Meyer (201), citing advances in civil rights, stated that “it is reasonable to ask whether minority stress is still relevant to the study of the health of LGBT people” (p. The diversity of geographical location, political ideology, and metropolitan status exhibited in localities that have implemented such reforms at the executive level speaks to the growing consensus on this issue and the importance of all localities providing all members of their community with fair employment opportunities.
What can be done to ensure equal rights for LGBTQ people? To ensure equal rights for LGBTQ people across Central Missouri, it is essential for state legislatures to pass laws that protect them from discrimination. MONA (Missouri Non-Discrimination Act) is an amendment that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations. It is also important for mayors to designate their cities as welcoming communities for LGBTQ immigrants and refugees. In conclusion, while progress has been made towards social acceptance and civil rights for LGBTQ people in Central Missouri, there is still much work to be done.
It is essential for state legislatures to pass laws that protect them from discrimination and for mayors to designate their cities as welcoming communities for LGBTQ immigrants and refugees.