PROMO Missouri Outraged as Anti-Trans Legislation Heads to Governor Mike Parson’s Desk For Signature 

May 10, 2023 | Newsroom

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Anti-Trans Legislation Heads to Governor Parson’s Desk


“Missouri’s state government is waging an all-out war on transgender Missourians”


Jefferson City, MO (May 10, 2023) — On Wednesday, May 10, the Missouri House debated and called the previous question (PQ) for a vote on both Senate Bill 39 and 49. These two pieces of anti-trans legislation aim to ban transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming healthcare (SB 49) and forbid transgender student athletes from kindergarten through college from participating in team sports (SB 39). The legislation did not pass along party lines with three Republicans joining Democrats in voting no: House Majority Leader Jon Patterson (voted no only on SB 49), Rep. Gary Bonacker, and Rep. Chris Sander. Both bills now head to Governor Parson’s desk for his signature.

PROMO, Missouri’s LGBTQ+ public policy and advocacy organization, issued the following statement:

Today is an incredibly devastating day for transgender Missourians, for families raising transgender youth, BIPOC and trans women of color who will only see an increase in violence against them, and rural trans Missourians who have less resources available to them. Missouri’s state government is waging an all-out war on transgender Missourians.

“The lives of transgender people in our state — and in our country — have not only been prioritized as political pawns for elected leaders to advance their careers, but the rhetoric around who transgender Missourians truly are has become chalk-full of disgusting lies and dangerous misunderstandings. 

“Since the beginning of the legislative session, our voices were not listened to and our stories were not taken seriously as public hearings were cut short, bill authors and sponsors left the room, and conversations fell on deaf ears. It continued today when Republican Rep. Chris Sander and other Democrat Representatives were unable to speak in opposition. ‘I’m not questioning being gay, I’m questioning being a Republican,’ said Rep. Chris Sander.

“As advocates, parents, and Missourians who value personal freedom and inclusion, we will continue to fight every day until every single transgender Missourian is able to live openly and honestly, and thrive within our state.



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