LGBT individuals in Central Missouri face a unique set of challenges when it comes to employment. A recent report revealed that more than half (53%) of transgender people experienced moderate to significant discrimination when trying to get hired. This is further compounded by the fact that employers were actively trying to “root out” LGBTQI+ employees from the late 1940s to the 1960s due to fear of communism and national security concerns. Fortunately, there are organizations and initiatives that are working hard to ensure that everyone has access to equal opportunities.
The Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and places of public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, descent, sex, disability, age (in employment only), and family status (in the housing sector only).The Legal Defense Network for Military Service Members (SLDN) is one such organization. Since its founding in 1993, SLDN has been the primary organization working to enable LGBTQ patriots to openly serve in the U. S. military. Out and Proud is another initiative that seeks to raise awareness of health disparities among LGBTQ people and connect them to resources and the community.
This platform provides individuals with support and resources that can help them find employment opportunities. Overall, while there are still challenges facing LGBT individuals in Central Missouri when it comes to employment, there are organizations and initiatives that are striving to create a more equitable environment for everyone.