Missouri law still allows you to be fired, denied housing, or refused services simply because you are LGBT. To change this, we need to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). But there are some avenues for protection and recourse outside of Missouri law, and it is important to know them.
Local laws: There are 16 municipalities that protect LGBT people in some form. Clayton, Columbia, Creve Coeur, Ferguson, Jackson County, Kansas City, Kirksville, Kirkwood, Maplewood, Olivette, Richmond Heights, Saint Louis City, Saint Louis County, and University City include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for employment, housing, and public accommodations. Maryland Heights and Webster Groves have inclusive protections for housing only. If you face discrimination in any of these municipalities, you can contact the local government itself.
For more information about laws, policies, and guidelines that protect you in employment, housing, and public accommodations, visit our Know Your Rights pages.
A Note From Our Executive Director, Steph Perkins:
Every student should have a fair opportunity to participate and succeed in school. Instead of focusing on how to help all students succeed and grow, SB 98 is invasive, provokes fear, and restricts transgender students from fully accessing the opportunities provided to other students at school. Transgender students are part of our school communities, and like other students, they're there to learn and prepare for their future. They need to be able to use the restroom that matches the gender they live every day without being singled out for harassment.
2. HB 202 (Rep. Pogue): Requires ALL public restrooms to be gender divided.