Bill Stephens

St. Louis Alderman, 12th Ward

Winner!

Bill will be the first LGBTQ Alderman for Ward 12 and the first drag performer elected to public office in Missouri!

Biography

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill was raised in both the Southeastern village of Marquand, Missouri and the North County streets of Hazelwood, Missouri. As the only openly gay student at his conservative Lutheran high school, Bill persevered and was the first in his immediate family to graduate. Bill didn’t stop there — he went on to a four-year university not once, but twice: Webster University and Saint Louis University, where he studied French Language and Literature and currently studies Greek & Latin Language and Literature. Go Gorloks and Billikens! 
 
Throughout his educational pursuits, Bill held active and prominent roles in the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community, from being a member of Growing American Youth and eventually its youngest-ever board member, to becoming the Archivist and Library Coordinator for Pride St. Louis, to championing Drag Queen Storytime as the preeminent Drag Queen Storyteller in Missouri. In this role, he also presented on the subject at both the Missouri Library Association Conference (2018) and the American Library Association Conference (2020).  
 
As a public library professional, Bill saw daily the effects of unjust legal and social barriers on the lives of everyday citizens, which inspired him to run for a legislative role in St. Louis, Missouri. 
 
Bill leads both his campaign and his life with two simple tenets: Fierce compassion, radical empathy. He’s excited for the opportunity to bring both to the St. Louis Board of Alderman. 

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