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      Town hall on ordinance that protects LGBT community

      Wednesday at Truman State University, an organization called PROMO, which advocates for LGBT equality in Missouri, held a town hall meeting on the human rights ordinance Kirksville City Council passed on August 19.

      The ordinance was a hot button topic for awhile. It is an anti-discrimination ordinance that would help protect gays and transgender residents from discrimination when it comes to housing, employment and public accommodation.

      PROMO Senior Field Organizer Andrew Shaughnessy said the reason for the town hall is to educate Kirksville residents about the purpose of the ordinance and how it will help them.â??The ordinance does two things that are fantastic,â?? Shaughnessy said. â??One, it establishes a human rights officer for the city of Kirksville who will investigate and actually do the intake for all of the discrimination cases that go through if, there are any. Also, there's a fine up to $200 for anyone who is in violation of the ordinance.â??

      For more information on PROMO organization, click HERE.

      To read a previous story on the Kirksville City Council anti-discrimination ordinance click HERE.