PROMO envisions a Missouri where everyone has full equality in the hearts and minds of all people, in all areas of the law, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
PROMO is Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for LGBTQ equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education.
PROMO Fund promotes equality and protects the human and civil rights of LGBTQ people in Missouri.
In 1986, the organization PREP (now PROMO) was formed with visions of a more fair Missouri. In June of 1986, papers all across the country reported on the US Supreme Court’s decision in Bowers vs. Hardwick. This case began in Georgia, when police officers entered the home of Michael Bowers to serve a warrant for outstanding tickets; when they found him with another man, they arrested him for violating Georgia’s sodomy law. Shortly thereafter, the Missouri Supreme Court handed down a decision supporting Missouri’s Sexual Misconduct Law. In their decision, the court quoted the Hardwick case and made extremely homophobic, disparaging, and prejudicial remarks about gays and lesbians. There was a sense of general outrage within the community at both decisions, as well as some shock from those who were not familiar with Missouri’s laws.See more