Media Advisory: PROMO Holds Rally and Press Conference in Response to “Don’t Say Gay” Senate Bill 134 Hearing on February 7

Feb 6, 2023 | Newsroom

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PROMO Holds Rally and Press Conference in Response to “Don’t Say Gay” 


B-Roll Opportunities: Speakers from PROMO, ACLU Missouri, The Trevor Project, Pro-Choice Missouri, and National Association of Social Workers


WHAT: A rally/press conference over Senate Bill 134, which is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, February 7 at 8:15 a.m. A list of speakers in order, a timeline of rally/press conference, and a copy of our previous release will be given out to the media upon arrival for those who confirm attendance.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. (time is tentative as PROMO attends another hearing scheduled at 10 a.m. that could last until 1 p.m.)

WHERE: The Capitol Steps at The Missouri State Capitol (201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101)


  • Speakers in Order (subject to change):
    • Katy Erker-Lynch (Executive Director of PROMO)
    • Tori Schafer (Deputy Director of Policy and Campaigns for ACLU Missouri)
    • Nikhil Vashee (Director of Education and Law for Family Equality)
    • Andy Schauerman (School Counselor for Park Hill School District)
    • Casey Pick (Director of Law and Policy for the Trevor Project) 
    • Cassie Brown (Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers – Missouri Chapter)
    • Jennifer Wilson (Executive Director of Modern Family Alliance) 
    • Maggie Olivia (Policy Manager for Pro-Choice Missouri)
    • Wendel Rubinstein (Grassroots Organizer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri)

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 6, 2023) — On Tuesday, February 7, the Missouri Senate Education and Workforce Committee is set to have a public hearing at 8:15 a.m. on Senate Bill 134. PROMO, Missouri’s LGBTQ+ public policy and advocacy organization, calls this piece of legislation the most extreme “Don’t Say Gay” bill to date in the U.S. It prohibits public and charter faculty, staff, and students across all grade levels from having conversations around sexual orientation and gender identity at all including curriculum, mentioning a student’s LGBTQ+ parents, or even discussing bullying or harassment LGBTQ+ students face.


About PROMO:

PROMO is Missouri’s LGBTQ+ policy and advocacy organization that confronts systemic inequities to liberate the full spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination and oppression. For more information, visit