Friday, February 6, 2009

Out Lesbian Ejected from Children & Families Committee Because She is "Offensive"

Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford is an out lesbian in the Missouri State House. Democratic leadership put her name forward and intended to designate her Ranking Member since no other veteran member from the Democratic side of the aisle chose to return this year. However, in mid-January when Jeff Brooks, Speaker Ron Richard's chief of staff, announced which assignments had come through, he told Democratic Caucus staff that Rep. Oxford was being bumped from the Children and Families Committee because "some of our members find her highly offensive."

Ironically, Speaker Richard and Rep. Davis have made an irrefutable case for why the protections called for under MONA are absolutely necessary because no one's job is safe in the state of Missouri if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, even if you are a member of the Missouri legislature.

PROMO is asking us to pledge financial support. For the first $10 you pledge, they will send a THANK YOU CARD in your name to Speaker Richard. For $20, they will send a card to Rep. Davis as well. For $100, they will send each five cards.

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T. R Xands said...

Wow, the wording there disturbs me the most. Not her sexuality is offensive, SHE herself is offensive. Really? Amazing.

Hm. It'd be nice if I could find a twin for this $5 bill.

Queers United said...

It's like they are trying to be politically correct homophobes or something.

Anonymous said...

I think its her gender expression they hate. If she was hyper fem this wouldn't happen...

Queers United said...

You make a good point anon, that may very well be it. It is her being a lesbian and one who doesn't conform to societal definitions of woman.

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