By: Camille Respess
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LGBTQ Rights May Get One Step Closer to Protection in Missouri in 2019
Since 1998, Missouri lawmakers have tried, without success, to get members of the LGBTQ community legal protection.
Though rights for LGBTQ individuals have increased in recent years, gay or transgendered people, or even those perceived as gay or transgender, are not afforded the same civil rights as other people. This means they can still be fired, denied housing, and kicked out of places of public accommodation, because of their sexuality.
But, that may soon change in Missouri.
According to a September article by the Kansas City Star, it’s being predicted that the 2019 Missouri General Assembly sessions will be able to pass civil rights protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
That doesn’t mean the potential law isn’t facing pushback. It’s currently known as The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, or MONA. In February, the bill was criticized by some Missouri lawmakers for including protections for gender identity.
If the act were to pass, it would fundamentally change the way Missouri defines civil rights and protections.
As experts in civil rights law, the attorneys at Kennedy Hunt P.C. are following this closely. If your civil rights have been violated, fill out our questionnaire so we can understand your claim.