PROMO's New KC Field Organizer Settles in.

Deon Young, PROMO’s new Kansas City regional field organizer, just recently arrived in town, but he’s already been hard at work. In replacing Sarah Gillooly, Young immediately began tending to the organization’s annual Valentine-themed fundraiser, Words of Love 8.

Born in Colorado, Young grew up in Milwaukee. He earned a political science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and has worked with organizations such as Project Q, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Equality Wisconsin, Fair Wisconsin and PrideFest Milwaukee.

Although the demographics and politics of Milwaukee and Kansas City might be similar, Young plans to find challenges in this corner of the Show-Me State. He also hopes to reach out to communities that are often underserved within LGBT rights advocacy, such as African Americans, Latino Americans and people with disabilities.

If you are out and active in the KC area, you’re bound to run into Deon. When you do, welcome him and know that he is working for your rights.
What is PROMO again?
PROMO is Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for LGBT equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grass-roots organizing and community education.

Based in St. Louis, executive director A.J. Bockelman often visits Jefferson City during the legislative session. Young and his Springfield counterpart, Stephanie Perkins, work locally and in statewide matters, reaching out to the community on a number of projects, including advocating for municipal ordinances, domestic partnership recognition and coverage, and attending community events and meetings year-round.

Legislative projects for PROMO this year include the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA), which would protect LGBT Missourians from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation, and an LGBT-inclusive safe schools bill that would protect all students attending public schools in Missouri from bullying and discrimination. A comprehensive anti-bullying bill is to be the focus of citizen lobbyists during this year’s LGBT Lobby Day.
LGBT Lobby Day
On March 24, PROMO will host its annual LGBT Lobby Day at the Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. PROMO trains volunteer lobbyists at local educational sessions before the trip. Everyday citizens are encouraged to join the group and talk to elected officials about the issues that are important to the LGBT community. Participants will go by van for the 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. event.

In addition to speaking with members of the General Assembly individually, Lobby Day participants might have a special audience with a state official or get to chat with one of Missouri’s openly LGBT (or LGBT-advocate) lawmakers such as Sen. Jolie Justus, Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford or Rep. Mike Colona.

Anyone planning to travel to Jefferson City for LGBT Lobby Day should register at (click on the Events tab). Citizen lobbyists must undergo brief training to prepare them for the day.
LGBT Lobby Day Training Sessions
5:30-7 p.m. Thursday March 11
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
5:30-7 p.m. Thursday March 18
Kansas City Public Library
Westport Branch
118 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
Whether or not you plan to visit the capitol, you can keep informed by signing up for PROMO’s email alerts at
Contact Information
Deon Q. Young
PROMO regional field organizer
PO Box 10002
Kansas City, Mo. 64110

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