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:
All of us, including transgender people, care about bathroom safety and privacy. Separate restrooms already exist for men and women, and it is important to allow a person who has undergone or is undergoing gender transition to use the restroom that matches the gender they live every day.
It’s reassuring to know that many public schools and countless businesses have implemented policies that allow transgender students and employees to use the bathroom appropriate for their gender identity; and that 17 states and more than 200 cities across the U.S. – including 14 right here in Missouri – have already passed and successfully implemented public accommodations laws for transgender individuals with no increase in public safety incidents.