By a vote of 4-3 the St. Louis County Council last night approved adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its non-discrimination ordinance. The measure makes it illegal to fire an employee based on his or her sexuality as well as deny members of the LGBT community from housing and use of pu ... More >>
The dust has barely settled on last week's presidential election, but a new political action committee is looking ahead to 2014.
Missourians for Equality are poised to begin collecting signatures for a new ballot initiative that would make discrimination based on sexual-orientation or gender identi ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship.
Tom Gabel is dead. In March, the lead singer of Against Me! came out publicly as a transgender female. Th ... More >>
Honestly, Gut Check was starting to get annoyed that the Girl Scouts of America hadn't gotten back to us about the unfortunate associations with the name of their new Savannah Smiles cookies. But then we heard about this story and realized the organization has PR problems that aren't the result of a ... More >>
Last night, Olivette city council passed two measures that solidify the suburb as a welcoming place for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.The Vital Voice reports that the council unanimously passed bills 2672 and 2677. The bills create a domestic partnership registry and criminaliz ... More >>
If you're transgender in this country, there's a 41 percent chance you've attempted to kill yourself. And if you happen to live in Missouri, it's 50 percent -- half of trans people in Missouri reported suicide attempts.This chilling fact sits among other appalling metrics for transgendered people ... More >>
An old St. Louis lesbian bar posterThe lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in St. Louis has a storied history -- are you holding on to any of it? The St. Louis Gay History Project wants to know.The project is brainchild of blogger Steven Brawley, a longtime history buff. It seeks to ... More >>
After more than a decade with its original founder, the St. Louis Black Gay & Lesbian Pride Committee has a new president. Audrey Pearson is taking the reins from Erise Williams, and she's got some new ideas for energizing the festival and acting as a resource for the community."We have to be ... More >>
Brian Katcher's 2009 novel, Almost Perfect, has been grabbing attention and awards -- it just snagged the 2011 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, for which he'll be recognized at June's American Library Association Annual Conference. The book, Katcher's second novel, delves in ... More >>
It's hard enough caring for a loved one fading into dementia. When issues surrounding sexual identity are at play, things can get downright complicated.So, to that end, a new support group for caregivers is forming as a collaborative effort between the Alzheimer's Association and SAGE Metro St. L ... More >>
You may have noticed a survey floating around Facebook or other corners of the intertubes. (We found it on our pal Ed Reggi's page.) If you're a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community, for heaven's sake, take it!The survey, which is being conducted by Services and Advocacy ... More >>
The Show-Me State embraces diversity when it comes to elected officials -- or the candidates, anyway. Who doesn't remember Midge Potts, the transgender war activist who lost to Roy Blunt in the 2006 Congressionals (and is now trying to beat him to Kit Bond's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat)?Still. Thi ... More >>