Mosaic Dinner Parties
PROMO is doing a series of small gatherings called the Mosaic Dinner Parties. These are intimate-group fundraising and awareness-building events. LGBT individuals and allies will gather for meals and conversation in the homes of Kansas City area host couples/pairs. Each dinner party will be attended by a PROMO senior-level staff member and/or a member of the board of directors. Contact Gilmore for firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenges and opportunities
2016 will be Gilmore’s first year working as PROMO’s chief lobbyist in Jefferson City.
Looking ahead, he said, “My personal biggest challenge will be navigating the people, processes and relationships that make the state capital work. However, spending so much time away from Kansas City will be an adjustment. From a legislative perspective, the challenge will be to push back against what will surely be a fight over so-called religious freedom exemptions. Additionally, I think we can expect to see legislation introduced limiting the protections and access for transgender Missourians regarding gender-neutral bathrooms. What I am most looking forward to is representing the needs of LGBT Missourians at the capital and working the levers of our government to … hopefully see MONA (Missouri Nondiscrimination Act) passed.”
PROMO (promoonline.org) is Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for LGBT equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing and community education. Check the website for updates, to donate or take action.
The interim director and PROMO around the state
Steph Perkins, PROMO’s interim executive director, is based in Springfield, Mo., but commutes statewide. On Nov. 19, Perkins shared for the first time publicly that he is a transgender male. He also announced that by the end of the year, PROMO will be launching a new policy and legislation microsite dedicated to updating transgender and non-binary Missourians on issues that affect their daily lives.
The five other PROMO staff members, the first four of whom are based in St. Louis, are communications organizer Katie Stuckenschneider, manager of public policy Andrew Shaughnessy, SAGE training coordinator Eugene Potchen-Webb, field organizer &
Mosaic Dinner Parties