PROMO Missouri: “The Transgender Community Cannot Be Erased and Their Lives and Rights Must Be Recognized”

Jul 25, 2023 | Newsroom

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The LGBTQ+ public policy and advocacy organization responded to the lawsuit by the ACLU of Missouri, Lambda Legal, and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 

ST. LOUIS (July 25, 2023) — Earlier today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri, Lambda Legal, and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) Law filed a petition within state court against Senate Bill 49 to halt the challenged portions of the law from going into effect until the case is complete. The law, which revokes access to gender-affirming healthcare for some transgender minors and adults, is scheduled to go into effect on August 28.

PROMO, Missouri’s LGBTQ+ public policy and advocacy organization, issued the following statement from Aro Royston (he/him), Board Secretary for PROMO Missouri:

“After six months of the Missouri State Government outright attacking LGBTQ+ Missourians, and particularly the trans community, today is a day about hope. This lawsuit continues the unyielding demand the ACLU of Missouri, Lambda Legal, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, and PROMO Missouri share for transgender equality with one singular message: the transgender community cannot be erased and their lives and rights must be recognized.

“We are certainly encouraged by the positive outcomes of courts throughout the country siding to keep trans healthcare intact and legal, but the courts alone will not liberate us. Regardless of how you identify — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, nonbinary, or an ally — we must protect the most vulnerable of our community by coming together and organizing to insist elected officials not treat anyone as second class citizens.”

Transgender Missourians needing support can reach out to local trans-led organizations such as Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG), The Shades Project, or St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH) in St. Louis, Transformations in Kansas City, and Springfield Transgender and Ally Resource Team (START) in Springfield.



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